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The First Echo Chamber
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The sin of Adam and Eve had brought about the exile from Eden, and their sin was soon followed by a heinous crime, perpetrated outside the Garden; from there, things deteriorated even more. As hard as it is to imagine a sin worse than murder, one could argue that the taking of Hevel’s life was […]
Setting Limits: Good Judgment and Living in the World
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Noach, the man of the earth, debased himself and planted a vineyard. He drank of the wine and became a drunk, and he uncovered himself within his tent. – Bereishit 9:20-21 Rabbi Chaim of Sanz once asked some of his chassidim, “What would you do if you found a wallet filled with money?” He added that, […]
Noach 5779
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Tosefet Bracha: Why was theft what sealed the fate of the dor hamabul, they committed worse sins? צוהר: if it was a window why not just say חלון? Maharal on the ark as a microcosm of the universe. Rav Schwab: Why is it fair to compare Noach to Avraham – we don’t compare people!
Hashem’s Decision to Destroy
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How is it possible that G-d creates man, knows what will happen and then, as it were decides that He “regrets” having done this? Why is וינחם used repeatedly and what does it mean – to console or to reconsider? The society of Noach and the society of the dispersion grapple with the balance between […]
The Blessings and Dangers of Technology
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Bereshit chapter 11 (Migdal Bavel) describes the discovery of the brick. Why is God shattering what, on the surface appears to be an ideal situation of unity? What did they do wrong? While there may be great blessing in technology, that same technology can unleash destructive forces if not coupled with Divine Morality. Download the […]
A Drama in Four Acts
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Covenant and Conversation Family Edition on OU Life The parsha of Noach brings to a close the eleven chapters that precede the call to Abraham and the beginning of the special relationship between him and his descendants, and God. During these eleven chapters, the Torah gives prominence to four stories: Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the […]
Noach 5779
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(The Babylonian names of the Hebrew months and the correct name of מרחשון) The Gemara asks: why is everything being destroyed, mankind is the only one who corrupted its ways? The Pasuk of ואני ברוב חסדך אבוא ביתך begins with a “ו”, the previous pasuk says Hashem destroys those who speak falsehood. The Gemara applies […]
Hashem Hates Thievery
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“And HASHEM said to Noach, “The end of all flesh has come before me since the land is filled with robbery through them, and I will now destroy the land.” – Bereishis 6:13 The world turned to iniquity In this posuk, HASHEM appears to Noach, telling him that the world has turned to evil and […]
Rachel Imenu’s Heritage
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How does the Torah describe the death of Rachel Imeinu when it happens (Parshat Vayishlach)? The place name and juxtaposition to birth are both significant. How does Yaakov describe her death to Yosef (in Parshat Vayechi)? Why does Yaakov emphasize that he buried her בדרך – “on the road”? Download the mekorot here Recorded at OU […]