‘NOAH’S ARK on Mount Ararat’ (1570) by Flemish painter Simon de Myle..
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
The story of the Flood stands at the center of this week’s Torah portion, with Noah himself the central character. The story of the Flood begins when in ancient times, humanity had deteriorated to such moral lows that murder, rape and stealing became acceptable norms. Because of this, God decided to “restart” Creation by erasing the old world and starting afresh. However, God did not choose to recreate all of creation; He left remnants of humanity and of living creatures from which the new world would develop.Noah was the man chosen to survive and the man from whom humanity would develop in its updated version. Why was Noah chosen for this mission? The answer is explained at the beginning of the parasha: “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:9).
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