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The trick here is the cantillation on the previous word. If the cantillation is conjunctive (and the ultimate syllable is open), then the dagesh will drop. If the cantillation is disjunctive (ie pausal) then the dagesh will stay. In your cases, we have two Munachs (a conjunctive note) and one Tipcha (a disjunctive note).


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According to the Haamek Davar (9:9), Noach had grandchildren who survived the flood: 7:1's "and your whole household" includes those grandchildren (and servants and personal animals).


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Fish were not harmed: the Gemara notes that marine life was not harmed by the Mabul. (Sanhedrin 108a, quoted by Rashi on Bereshis 7:22) that were on the dry land: But not the fish, which were in the sea. — [Sanh. 108a] Maharsha says that only the water that covered the land was boiling hot. Others say that a cone of water under the ark was ...


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The Baal HaTurim writes in Genesis (5: 11): ותמלא הארץ. ב' דסמיכי הכא ואידך ותמלא הארץ אותם. שהארץ עצמה היתה מלאה מהם שהיו יולדות ששה בכרס אחד והיו נבלעים תחת הקרקע ואח''כ מבצבצים ועולים והכי נמי הארץ עצמה היתה מלאה חמס שהיה מפקיד כיסו אצל חברו ואפרסמון עמו והיה הנפקד מניח הכיס עם האפרסמון תחת הקרקע עם אוצרותיו והמפקיד בא בלילה ומריח האפרסמון ולוקח הכל: ...


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The Rasa"g (probably based on the simple reading of Perek 11, Passuk 4) explains that their sin was that they wanted to stay in one singular area and not filling the earth as Hashem commanded them earlier, which led Him to disperse them (see passuk 8). This is quoted in the book of R. Adin Steinsaltz titled פירוש המקרא בספרות השאלות והתשובות. The 1978 ...


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Rav Hrsch explains that the language changing would have occurred as people spread out in any event. It was the miracle of all the languages suddenly erupting into existence rather than over a period of time that was the miracle of the dispersion. Thus, it affected everyone in the world, with the migdal Bavel as the center of the change (expanding out from ...


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Your question seems to indicate that you believe that because things with Noach and the Flood happened in Sevens, that therefore Noach was observing the Shabbat. I'm not sure I see the connection. However, to address parts of your question: The Chinuch (Mitzvah 330 - Positive Commmandment to count the years until Yovel) (sorry I don't have an english link) ...


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The animals before and after the flood were also all vegetarian. They only started to eat meat after the flood. Also, since the food supply in the ark was miraculous, Noach probably had a miraculous type of food (like the mannah in the dessert) that suited each animal as it needed. As we see in Bereishis 1:30 ל וּלְכָל חַיַּת הָאָרֶץ וּלְכָל עוֹף ...


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The entire survival and spread of people and animals after they left the ark was by a miracle. For example, there was not enough of any species in the ark to allow for a critical mass for the next generation to survive. Consider the passenger pigeon which became extinct when the flock size dropped below the millions within historical times. Thus, both the ...


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As pointed out in a number of commentaries (such as Rav Hirsch and Art Scroll for example) the "clean" animals were those that were allowed to be sacrificed even before Noah and his children were allowed to eat meat. One of the explanations for 7 is that the seventh (unpaired) animal is the one that was to be sacrificed. Other commentaries state that it was ...


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Rav Hirsch says that the tahor animals were to be those that are fit for Jews to eat. Thus we can say that the order applied to what we would consider "kosher" and giraffes would be included. While Rav Hirsch also says that the "seven" means seven pairs, I have seen a reference that it was seven animals to mean 3 pairs and the seventh animal was the one used ...


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all the rational precepts dictated by reason/conscience were binding as brought down in chovos halevavos gate 3 Whoever considers G-d's bounties, bestowed upon him, which are in common with all other human beings, will faithfully accept the obligation of the service of G-d in the ways indicated by his intellect. Whoever reflects on the Creator's ...


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Shadal on Genesis 11:4:2: ונעשה לנו שם: הבאים אחרינו יהללו אותנו על המעשה הגדול הזה, או העיר עם המגדל הם עצמם שם, כלומר דבר מצויין ומפורסם (Monumento), ואולי ככה ויעש דוד שם בשובו מהכותו את ארם (שמואל ב' ח' י"ג), ואולי ככה וקברו כל עם הארץ והיה להם לשם (יחזקאל ל"ט י"ג) קבורת המון גוג תהיה דבר מצויין ומפורסם. (The text comes from sefaria.org, ...


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See Rashi on chapter 8 verse 4 where he deduces based on the dates given how submerged in the water the Teiva was - 11 cubits. An interesting point from which we can derive with a bit of calculation and Archimedes' priniciple, a possibly even more fascinating point: that it weighed around 15,645 metric tonnes (based on Rabbi Hadar Margolin's proposition that ...


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Chizkuni has an "interesting" reading. He says before the tower, everyone spoke all 70 languages. Afterwards, they all forgot 69 of them (but a different 69 each time). I'm not saying this is the simplest understanding -- but it's food for thought!


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This is in addition to the answer posted above based on the Lubavitcher Rebbe. This addition addresses the contradiction comment to that answer. The answer that Noach was reluctant to leave is in addition the fact that being explicitly commanded to "Enter the Ark" (Bereishis 7:1), he was not allowed to leave until explicitly commanded by G-d to "Go out of ...



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