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Inconsistent Ohr HaChaim?

In this Ohr HaChaim he says that Noach received the pre sinatic torah from Chanoch (Enoch) who had received it from Adam. From my understanding Noach was born after Chanochs death. This would seem to ...
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Why was Noach born after Adam's death?

Noach was the tenth generation after Adam. The previous nine generations had been born while Adam was still alive. Are there any mefarshim that mention why specifically Noach was the first to be born ...
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Noach & High Noon

Per Rashi, in Noach (Genesis 7:13), בעצם היום הזה/"In the selfsame day" expresses the notion of a face-off. God's way of creating a showdown between good and evil. "I will call your ...
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Questions about the flood [closed]

I've been reading Parshat Noach, and I've been wondering about some things that either strike me as odd or impossible. For example, how did G-d cover the entire world with water if we know there isn't ...
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What laws prior to Torah taught Noach (in Bereshit 8:20) that birds [Zevachim 116a:2] or bulls [Avot D'Rabbi Natan 1:8] or sheep were kosher?

Although Shmuel b. Nachmani [Sanhedrin 108b:6] claimed Noach distinguished טְּהוֹרָה ‘clean’ animals (referenced in Bereshit 7:2) based only on their status as אִישׁ וְאִשְׁתּוֹ ‘husband & wife’, ...
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How did Noach know which animals were kosher prior to matan torah?

How did Noach know which animals were tahor? The Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin comments about this in his work, "Nefesh HaChaim, and says that the mefarshim say that Noach learned torah. Which ...
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Did God regret bringing the flood?

Is not the fact that God thinks that the imagination of man's heart is bent to evil from youth onwards proof that the flood was an exaggeration and that therefore he would not bring another flood in ...
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Do we see anywhere that Og actually was a slave to Noach?

It says in Pirkei DeRabbi Eliezer 23 that Og swore to be Noach and his descendant's slave forever. וימח את כל היקום אשר על פני האדמה חוץ מנח וכל אשר אתו בתבה שנאמר וישאר אך נח ואשר אתו בתבה וחוץ מעוג ...
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How come the world was doing Avodah Zara, while Noach and Shem were still alive?

Noach and Shem were alive during the time of Avraham, and I know midrashim say he lived in their house for some time learning about Hashem, but how come the whole world was practicing polytheism, when ...
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Two contradictory statements regarding Noach and periah

Zohar chelek 3, page 166a states that Noach didn’t have a periah. נֹחַ גָּזִיר הֲוָה, וְתָמִים, פְּרִיעָה לָא הֲוָה בֵּיהּ Noach was circumcised and complete, a periah he did not have. Despite not ...
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Looking for a midrash mentioned by Falaquera

When Noah recovered from his wine, he enslaved his grandson Canaan to his sons Shem and Japheth. The relationship he envisioned for his sons Japheth and Shem is spelled out in Gen 9.27: יפת אלהים ...
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How to understand the Ruzhiner's understanding on Noach's righteousness

So a family member sent me a very nice idea on Parshas Noach from the Ruzhiner Rebbe. The text reads as follows: Noach was a righteous man, he was perfect in his generation (Bereishis 6:9) - there ...
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Why was Chanoch/Enoch taken but Noach/Noah was not?

In Beresheith/Genesis 5:24 it states: וַיִּתְהַלֵּ֥ךְ חֲנ֖וֹךְ אֶת־הָֽאֱלֹהִ֑ים וְאֵינֶ֕נּוּ כִּֽי־לָקַ֥ח אֹת֖וֹ אֱלֹהִֽים׃        Enoch walked with G-d; then he was no more, for G-d took him ...
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How to deal with internal inconsistency concerning vegetarianism in time of Noah

There seems to be some inconsistency concerning vegetarianism at the time of Noah and before. If Adam was told to be a vegetarian and the whole world followed that commandment: a. Why was Cain a ...
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Had Noah a wicked wife, son?

Is there any instance in Jewish literature that mentions that one of Noah's sons was a disbeliever who refused to come aboard the Ark, instead preferring to climb a mountain, where he drowned? or ...
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Did Noah say Shirah on seeing the drowning of the wicked?

The Israelites said Shirah on seeing the wicked Egyptians drowning. Did Noah act in a similar way, praising God for saving him and his immediate family and seeing millions of wicked humans drowning in ...
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Was Noah or his wife the direct victim in Genesis 9?

Genesis 9: כא וַיֵּשְׁתְּ מִן-הַיַּיִן, וַיִּשְׁכָּר; וַיִּתְגַּל, בְּתוֹךְ אָהֳלֹה. וַיַּרְא, חָם אֲבִי כְנַעַן, אֵת, עֶרְוַת אָבִיו; וַיַּגֵּד לִשְׁנֵי-אֶחָיו, בַּחוּץ. וַיִּקַּח שֵׁם וָיֶפֶת אֶת-...
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Why would Mesushelach not have been included in the Teivah had been alive according to Rashi?

The Gemara in Sanhedrin 108a at the bottom of the page says, the generation of the flood asked Noach, if the mabul is imminent, why hadnt it occured already, ie what was holding it back? Noach ...
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Looking for a source about Avraham compared to Noah

I'm having some trouble tracking down a source I saw earlier that I'd like to review. Around Beresheit 18:18 when Hashem is deciding whether or not to tell Avraham about the impending destruction of ...
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Did Abraham and Noah know of each other?

Are there any sources that discuss whether Abraham and Noah knew of each other's existence, if there was ever any interactions between the two and/or if they ever met (not sure if their lives actually ...
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Why was Noach the person to save the animals?

While reading this week's portion, I was wondering why did Noach have in particular the merit to save the animals of the created world? They could have been saved in other ways, for example the Land ...
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Post-Flood Atmospheric Changes

Rav Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld quotes his grandfather who brings a Midrash saying that the world before the Flood didn't feature decay, therefore Noah didn't realize his grape juice was going to turn into ...
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How did Noah react to being childless?

Rashi to Genesis 5:32 reads: אמר רבי יודן מה טעם כל הדורות הולידו למאה שנה וזה לחמש מאות אמר הקב״ה אם רשעים הם יאבדו במים ורע לצדיק זה ואם צדיקים הם אטריח עליו לעשות תיבות הרבה כבש את מעיינו ולא ...
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What had Hashem promised to Noach?

In the musaf of Rosh Hashana, in the Zichronot section, we say וְגַם אֶת נֹֽחַ בְּאַהֲבָה זָכַֽרְתָּ. וַתִּפְקְדֵֽהוּ בִּדְבַר יְשׁוּעָה וְרַחֲמִים בַּהֲבִיאֲךָ אֶת מֵי הַמַּבּוּל לְשַׁחֵת כָּל ...
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Biblical ‘Noah’ & cinematic ‘Noah’

How accurate -or not- is the film ‘Noah’ according to the Jewish traditional version of the events and subjects? (I haven’t seen the film so I can’t offer any analyses.) I’d kindly request that any ...
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Why wasn't Metushelach saved?

In parshat Noach, Hashem (according to Rashi) delays the rain so that Metushelach's shiv'a period could be honored, These are the seven days of mourning for the righteous man Methuselah for whose ...
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What happened to the remains of Noah's ark?

According to Josephus1, the Ark of Noah was visible in his day: The Armenians call this place The Place of Descent; for the ark being saved in that place, its remains are shown there by the ...
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Noach - Miracle or Animal Psychologist?

Breishit 6:16 says that there were three levels in Noach's ark. Rash"I explains that the top level was for Noach and his family; the middle for the animals, and the bottom for waste. That implies ...
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Did Noah gather the animals, or did they come themselves

In Genesis (6:19) God commands Noah to gather the animals: וּמִכָּל־הָ֠חַי מִֽכָּל־בָּשָׂ֞ר שְׁנַ֧יִם מִכֹּ֛ל תָּבִ֥יא אֶל־הַתֵּבָ֖ה לְהַחֲיֹ֣ת אִתָּ֑ךְ Verse 20, however, concludes that the ...
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What happened to the Teva after the flood?

Is there any mention of this in any texts? Side question: if the צהר was in fact a precious stone, what happened to that after the flood?
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Where did Shem's, Ham's and Japeth's wives come from?

I can't find any information regarding the ancestry line of Noah's sons' respective wives. From whom did they descend?
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What was Noach's relationship with Hashem/idols?

If Abraham was the first to recognise Hashem as the creator, what relationship did Noach then have with Him? More specifically: did Noach worship idols (the same which traditionally I believed Avraham ...
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Noah - Feeding the Animals

Chazal tell us that Noah worked hard to keep all of the animals in the ark well fed. Most (or at least many) animals are carnivores or insectivores. Does that mean Noah in fact brought in animals to ...
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Canaan's age when cursed

When Noah cursed Canaan in Genesis 9:25, was Canaan a full grown adult?
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Did Noah have grandchildren before the flood?

Did Noah have any grandchildren before the flood? Genesis 10:1 et seq. discuss Noah's grandchildren born after the flood, but doesn't say they were his first grandchildren. If he did have any ...
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Was Cham influenced by the people destroyed in the mabul?

In Parshat-Noach, was Cham influenced by the bad people G-d destroyed before the mabul (by his actions with his father)?
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Why doesn't Rashi accept that the word הקטן simply means the youngest?

Bereishit 9:24 says: וַיִּ֥יקֶץ נֹ֖חַ מִיֵּינ֑וֹ וַיֵּ֕דַע אֵ֛ת אֲשֶׁר־עָ֥שָׂה־ל֖וֹ בְּנ֥וֹ הַקָּטָֽן׃ Rashi there says: בנו הקטן. הפסול והבזוי... Why does Rashi have to say that קטן means ...
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Significance of Noach's actions upon leaving the ark

The whole world has just been destroyed due to the failures of the generation of Noach. Noach and his family live for many days in the ark and after the waters subside they leave. Noach builds an ...
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Why didn't Noach look out the window?

After all, a window was clearly part of the Ark's structure, as we see from: Genesis 6:16: צֹ֣הַר׀ תַּעֲשֶׂ֣ה לַתֵּבָ֗ה וְאֶל־אַמָּה֙ תְּכַלֶ֣נָּה מִלְמַ֔עְלָה וּפֶ֥תַח הַתֵּבָ֖ה בְּצִדָּ֣הּ ...
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How was Noah imperfect in his generation?

According to the opinion that says Noah was not really a perfect tzaddik but only relatively much better than the people of his generation, what defects did he have? What sins did he do? My pet ...
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Shem Cham and Yafes - were they triplets?

I heard a Dvar Torah regarding the 3 sons of Noach, according to which it would indicate that they were triplets. Are there any commentaries that indicate that Shem Cham and Yafes were triplets?
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Were semi-marine animals on Noah's Ark?

Otters, alligators, salamanders, frogs, penguins, seals, polar bears, sea lions, platypuses, beavers, sea snakes, sea turtles, etc. These animals to varying degrees need to be able to be both on land ...
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Why did Noah have to wait so long to exit the ark?

This is actually several similar questions compounded together. I hope this doesn't come off the wrong way, but it seems like Noah had the opportunity (and I'm sure he had the motive) to leave the ark ...
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Why is the total count of Noah's life 950 years when the year of the flood took a full year cycle?

The Posuk says that Noah was 600 years when he went into the Teivah (Bereshit 7:6,11). Rashi (Bereshit 8:14) and the rest of the Mefarshim say that the flood took an entire year to complete. The Posuk ...
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Why did Noach curse Canaan and not Cham?

After the incident with Cham after the flood, Noach curses Canaan (Genesis 9:25). Why does he not curse Cham, the one who actually wronged him? The explanations I've seen of this incident have Cham ...
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Why didn't Noach Pray for his generation like Avraham did for Sodom

Why didn't Noach Daven to save his generation like Avraham Davened for Sodom?
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All people in world are Jews?

According to the Book of Genesis, Noah saved his family and representatives of every animal from a flood by constructing a boat. So since all of humanity should be descended from Noah, does that mean ...
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Noach Burial Place

Where was Noach buried? (or, do we know?)
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Riddle: Another name for Noach [closed]

What was Noach's other name?
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