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Noach: Hishtadlus and Bitachon- Finding the Balance

HASHEM appeared to Noach and told him that the world had turned to wicked ways, and it was to be destroyed by a flood. HASHEM commanded Noach to build a tayvah (an ark) so that he and his family would be saved. The Torah then lays out the dimensions of the ark in exact detail: the length, the height, the width, and the material it was to be made from. The commentaries ask: why do…






Noach: Believing and not Believing

HASHEM told Noach that his entire generation was wicked and would be destroyed. Only he, his family, and certain select animals would be saved. When the flood actually began, the posuk says that Noach and his family went into the Ark “because of the waters of the flood.” Rashi observes that these words imply that it was the water that caused Noach to go into the tayva, not Hashem’s command. Therefore, Rashi says that Noach…






Noach: Hashem Hates Thievery/Cheaters Never Prosper

The world turned to iniquity In this posuk, HASHEM appears to Noach, telling him that the world has turned to evil and He will now destroy all of life. Noach, his family, and the animals that remained pure will be the core of a new world. The reason for this destruction is stealing: “since the land is filled with robbery.” Rashi is troubled that thievery is being treated as the pivotal point of the world’s…






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