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As David Perlman stated in his answer, Biblical Noah was not Jewish. Depending on how you define Judaism, the first "Jew", or rather, the first person to recognize the G-d that Jews worship as the Creator and Master of the universe, was Abraham. If you are interested in nationality, it goes something like this: Noah and his children were the only survivors ...


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Biblical Noah was not Jewish. The first Jew was Abraham. Abraham came along ten generations after Noah. From a Jewish perspective all people are children of Noah. All children of a maternal descent of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are Jewish. So no, not everyone is Jewish. EDIT: Thanks to Seth's comment I did a bit more research on the topic. The question of ...


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R' Yehosef Schwartz, in his Tevuos HaAretz (composed in the 1840s), writes (translation from here): Twenty-five miles southeast of Baal-bek is the village Sachala, where the inhabitants point out a monument, which they allege to mark the grave of Noah. That, however, but little faith can be placed in such like popular legends, will appear ...


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The "window" was in the top of the Ark. (Ibn Ezra says this explicitly on 6:16, but I think it is generally agreed upon.) Looking up would not have helped much. Sticking his head out of the top would not have been an option, since the opening was 1/6th of a cubit wide (Ibn Ezra there).


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He didn't endeavor to get the rest of his generation to do Teshuva. That is the main contrast between him and Avraham Avinu, who worked tirelessly to spread monotheism to the world. This is called a Tzaddik in Pelz - a Righteous person in a fur coat - he keeps warm by wearing a fur coat instead of lighting a fire, thus keeping himself warm but letting ...


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Among the midrashim we find several opinions as to why Noach cursed K'naan. Here's a few: Hashem had already blessed Noach and his sons (9:1) and a curse cannot exist while the blessing stands. He thus could not curse Cham (the actual perpetrator) and cursed his grandson K'naan instead. (Bereshis Rabbah 36:11; R' Yehuda) [As to why K'naan instead of Cham's ...


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There is a popular idea (I don't know an actual source for it) that Noach was the classic "tzaddik in a fur coat." The metaphor used is that when the house is cold, you can do one of two things: wrap yourself in a warm coat, ensuring your own comfort but ignoring everyone else's; or build a fire (or turn on the heater, etc.) so that everyone benefits. ...


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One Answer From Torah Insights for Shabbat Parshat Noach 5758 by Rabbi Aaron Borow: Rabbi Ki Tov answers. Noach believed that the people of his time were too far gone. They were beyond salvation. They had no respect for their own humanity or for that of others. Among all those who lived in his time, Noach could not find even a minyan of good people. ...


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Rashi to Bereishit 10:21 says that Yafet was two years older than Shem. ...When Scripture says (11:10): “Shem was a hundred years old, etc.” two years after the Flood, you must say that Japheth was the elder, because Noah was five hundred years old when he first had children, and the Flood came to pass in the six hundredth year. Consequently, the eldest ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains as follows (Likkutey Sichos vol. 25, pg. 28 - adapted in English here): The Ark contained a pair of every species of animal known to man. The fact that they could co-exist in a structure measuring 300 X 50 X 30 handbreadths for an entire year was nothing short of a miracle. In fact, it was a taste of the Messianic era when, ...


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Rabbi Shimshon Refael Hirsch on Noach 10:1 (translation is from the 6 volume Hirsch Chumash) And these are the "toldos" of the sons of Noach, Shem Cham, and Yafes, Unto them children were born after the deprivation of life. says They themselves had lived before the Flood, but their children were already born under the influence of the new ...


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Daas Z'kenim mibaale hatosafos (ad loc.) cites a midrash that says that K'naan overheard the announcement in verse 22, and went and sodomized Noach. (Cham himself, according to this midrash, did nothing wrong except speak of his father disparagingly and in public.) Verse 24 refers, then, to a grandson as "son" (not uncommon, and makes more sense here than ...


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The Medresh related that Cham and his wife were the only couple, human or animal, to cohabit while on the Tayvah. All of the other "survivors" remained celibate until emerging from the Ark one year from the start of the Mabul. http://www.torah.org/learning/rabbis-notebook/5762/noach.html so it seems, not significantly. he cannot control his passions and ...


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Although it is a dispute among the different Rishonim which one was older, the Pasuk (11:10) that says Shem was a hundred years old two years after the Mabul strongly implies that the others were not the same age. So I guess my contribution to the answer is that it isn't just Rashi on that verse, and on the verse which introduce them in the order of Shem, ...



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