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The weekly Torah portion of Noah (Genesis 6:9-11:32)

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What does Genesis 8:21 promise and why?

JPS Bereshith/Genesis 8:21 And the Lord smelled the pleasant aroma, and the Lord said to Himself, "I will no longer curse the earth because of man, for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his ...
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Contesting the line between Torah and secular knowledge [closed]

Isn't it the case that the Rambam, for one, thought that astronomy, medicine, mathematics, for examples, were a part of Torah knowledge? At least the line for him is not simple and clear cut (eg see ...
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Why were the Egyptians judged for twelve lunar months, rather than solar ones?

Eduyos 2:10 lists several judgements which lasted for exactly twelve months: חֲמִשָּׁה דְבָרִים שֶׁל שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר חֹדֶשׁ. מִשְׁפַּט דּוֹר הַמַּבּוּל, שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר חֹדֶשׁ. מִשְׁפַּט אִיּוֹב, ...
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Rashi's explanation that Noach did everything he was commanded

Bereishis 7:5 says: וַיַּ֖עַשׂ נֹ֑חַ כְּכֹ֥ל אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּ֖הוּ יְהוָֽה׃ And Noah did just as the LORD commanded him. Rashi there explains: ויעש נח זֶה בִיאָתוֹ לַתֵּבָה: And Noach Did- ...
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Question on Magog son of Yefes and Gog uMagog

Is the nation of Magog the same Magog as the Magog in Gog uMagog?
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Was Africa destined for the Europeans - descendants of Yefet?

A little follow-up to my previous question: There are two interesting Targumim suggesting that Africa was oroginally destined for the descendants of Yefet (Gen 10,2): תרגום ירושלמי, בראשית י׳:ב׳: ...
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Why does the Torah give us exact dates for the flood?

This question asks why the flood didn't end on the 18th of Cheshvan (one year after the start). My question is more basic: why does the torah give us precise dates here at all? Bereishit 7:11 tells ...
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Why build migdal bavel in a valley?

If the point of migdal bavel was to reach the heavens, why not build it on a mountain instead of a valley? וַיְהִי כָל הָאָרֶץ שָׂפָה אֶחָת וּדְבָרִים אֲחָדִים:(ב) וַיְהִי בְּנָסְעָם מִקֶּדֶם ...
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What is the meaning of the word “mabul”?

Throughout parhsat Noach, I see a combination of the words מבול and מים. I see Rashi's explanation of the word origin of מבול on Breishit 6:17 and he explains the origin from a word that means "...
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Naming [most] of the 7 nations within ה and י

When listing the families of the 12 tribes, the Torah wraps the names between ה and י. Rashi brings Yalkut Shimoni (Num 26,5): משפחת החנכי. לְפִי שֶׁהָיוּ הָאֻמּוֹת מְבַזִּין אוֹתָם ..., לְפִיכָךְ ...
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What was the shape of Noach's Teivah? Box or Houseboat?

I always recall learning that Noach's Teivah was a box-like shape. The secular world have always depicted it as a houseboat. The secular site of the Teivah's resting place which is the most ...
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Humility of Yoktan

Rashi (Bereishis 10:25) mentions the humility of Yoktan allowed him to merit 13 out of 70 nations. ויקטן. שֶׁהָיָה עָנָו וּמַקְטִין עַצְמוֹ, לְכָךְ זָכָה לְהַעֲמִיד כָּל הַמִּשְׁפָּחוֹת ...
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What happened to Noah's slaves?

According to such commentators or midrashim as say that Noah had slaves that joined him on the ark[1], what happened to them? That is: We hear a lot in the immediately succeeding chapters of Genesis (...
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Nimrod - Righteous?

The Torah tells us the following about Nimrod (Bereishis 10:8-9, alhatorah translation): ה֣וּא הֵחֵ֔ל לִֽהְי֥וֹת גִּבֹּ֖ר בָּאָֽרֶץ׃ הֽוּא־הָיָ֥ה גִבֹּֽר־צַ֖יִד לִפְנֵ֣י י״י֑ עַל־כֵּן֙ יֵֽאָמַ֔ר ...
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Reconciling Seder Olam’s account of Ever’s death with the Pesukim

Seder Olam Rabbah 2 says that Ever died when Yaakov left his Yeshiva for Charan. In the previous portions of this paragraph, the Midrash said that Yaakov was 63 when he got the Berachos, and he ...
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Why did the dove return to the ark the 2nd time?

When Noach sent the dove the first time, the Torah states that the dove could not find a place to rest her leg. This seems to be the reason as to why it returned to the ark. After the 2nd trip, we ...
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How high was migdal Bavel?

How high was Migdal (the tower of) Bavel? From the Chumash we know that the tower was built in a valley which suggests that its purpose was more symbolic than pragmatic. To that effect I am wondering ...
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Which animal survived outside of Noachs teiva

Which animal survived outside the teiva? I know og melech havashan survives but which animal?
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Rambam and Interpreting Bereishit as Allegorical

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin makes the following statement in his Sept. 27th, 2013 commentary on Bereishit in the Jerusalem Post: Furthermore, Maimonides, in his Guide for the Perplexed, interprets all of ...
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Did Noach have sefarim from previous generations?

I am pretty sure I saw one of the Mefarshim in the Oz Vehadar Mikraos Gedolos (or a Midrash), that said that Noach learned from a sefer/(or sefarim) from previous generation(s). (I think it might ...
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Different methods of naming the 70 nations

When listing the descendants of Noah in Gen 10,1 and on the Torah uses different naming methods: Names in the singular: "וְאֵלֶּה תּוֹלְדֹת בְּנֵי־נֹחַ שֵׁם חָם וָיָפֶת וַיִּוָּלְדוּ לָהֶם בָּנִים ...
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Dividing the world for the sons of Noah

Rashi (Gen 12,6) mentions that Noah divided the world between his sons and that Israel was given to Shem and his descendants: והכנעני אז בארץ. הָיָה הוֹלֵךְ וְכוֹבֵשׁ אֶת אֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל ...
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Animals with short lifespans on noah's ark

How did the animals that have short natural lifespans (less than a year) - and given that they were prohibited from reproduction see Rashi here - survive in the ark? These are mainly insects such as ...
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How many of the parthenogenesis-capable animals came to the Noah's Ark

How many of the animals that are capable of parthenogenesis (being able to reproduce without a male and female, e.g. the Komodo dragon) did Noach take with him into the Ark - 1 or 2?
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Who was Iscah mentioned in Beresheit?

In Beresheit 11:29 it reads “And Abram and Nahor took themselves wives; the name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and the ...
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Why did the animals need to be destroyed in the mabul if they do not have bechira?

We learn that the people were killed because of their aveiros. But animals don't have bechira so why did they deserve to be killed as well?
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Why did the Dor Hamabul earn a painless death?

There are, apparently, 903 levels of death, and the term vayigva is one of them. According to some, it refers to the simple act of expiration -- the creation of a corpse. Others, like the Rashi ...
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Why did G-d leave the man evil after the flood?

It says in Parshat Noach that G-d decided to never destroy the world because it is understood that man has evil tendencies. Why would Gd leave the man with the same flaw that caused Him to destroy it ...
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How wide was the Migdal Bavel?

This question describes how tall the Migdal Bavel was. In the Book of Jubilees (v. 30), provided in the answer there, the Tower is described as: ויבנו אותה שלוש וארבעים שנה. בנוהו לבניה שלמה מאתים ...
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System of counting months in Noach

Going through Noach with the help of Rashi, there are 3 different systems of counting months. From (Tishrei|Nisan) 1 2 3 From (Kisleiv|Sivan) when the rain stopped From (Cheshvan|Iyar) when the rain ...
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Did Noach live 950 years or 951 years

Did Noach live 950 years or 951 years? At the begining of the flood Noach was 600 years old Bereishis 7,6: ונח בן שש מאות שנה והמבול היה מים על הארץ The flood lasted 1 year as Rashi says ...
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Why does Hashem decide not to destroy mankind again after the flood?

Hashem brings a flood to destroy the evil-doers (Braishis 7 (17)). Without any notable change in the behaviour of mankind, and after Noach's sacrifice, Hashem decides that He will not repeat the ...
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How did the fish live through the flood?

If the waters were boiling as the flood continued, how did the fish survive throughout the Mabul?
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Fish in Aquarium During Flood

The Gemara Zevachim (113b) mentions the fish in the sea died: ואמאי קרי ליה חרבה כדרב חסדא דאמר רב חסדא בדור המבול לא נגזרה גזרה על דגים שבים שנאמר מכל אשר בחרבה מתו ולא דגים שבים And why ...
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Apparent contradition in parshat Noach: How to reconcile? [duplicate]

Chapter 10 says Noah's sons go to various lands where they speak different languages. But Chapter 11 says "the entire earth was of one language". How do we reconcile these statements?
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Penalty for eating meat prior to it being permitted

Prior to the flood, mankind was not allowed to eat meat (Sanhedrin 59b, various other sources and interpretations here). During this time, was there a penalty for killing and eating an animal, just as ...
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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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Noach and the Birds

Why is it that Noach sent out the birds to see if the flood had subsided, and when he did find out he just waited for Hashem to tell him to leave? Why send the birds if you are going to wait for ...
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Remes - רֶמֶשׂ - in Genesis 9:3

In Genesis 9:3 Noah is told he can eat every moving thing that lives, but I have always had a problem with the translation of moving thing meaning every live animal. The word translated as moving ...
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How old was Avraham when Nimrod threw him into the fire in Ur Kasdim?

Rashi, the Midrash Rabbah, and many others mention the story of Avraham being thrown into a fiery furnace by Nimrod for refusing to worship Avoda Zara and being miraculously saved. I've spent a while ...
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Was the whole earth covered during The Flood?

Are there commentaries that suggest that the flood during the time of Noach was localised to one geographic area, as opposed to the whole Earth. In Bereishit 8:9 when the dove was sent out it says: ...
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What are the 3 worlds of the Kli Yakar?

The Kli Yakar talks about 3 created worlds. What is he referring to? Kli Yakar Bereshit 1:1: ‏ויש עוד דרך שלישי, אבל אין כל אדם יכול לעמוד עליו והוא להכיר מציאת‏ השם ית' מתוך החקירה וידיעת ...
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Are the seventy distinct languages and nations listed?

It's a well known concept that there were 70 nations and 70 original languages. Is there any agreement about which ones they were/are? I found this which lists the nations, but I'm interested in ...
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How many languages were used by Shem's descendants?

Parshat Noach, 10:31: These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their languages, in their lands, after their nations. אֵלֶּה בְנֵי-שֵׁם, לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם לִלְשֹׁנֹתָם, ...
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First it says everyone had their own language; but then it says all spoke one before being split

First, in Noach, pasuk Chof perek Yud, it says אֵלֶּה בְנֵי חָם לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם לִלְשֹׁנֹתָם; then again a few pasukim later, pasuk Lamed Aleph, אֵלֶּה בְנֵי שֵׁם לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם לִלְשֹׁנֹתָם. So ...
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Yetzer machshevot libo

There is a phrase in Bereshit/Genesis 6:5 which reads in hebrew: '.... v'kol yetzer machshevot libo...' I found different translations starting of with: The entire, every, the whole.. And ending ...
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source in moreh nevuchim which speaks of the reason why the torah mentions the genealogy of the nations and why they were dispersed

can anyone find me the exact wording of the rambam in his sefer moreh nevuchim, where he states that... a fundamental principle of the תורה is that the universe was created ex nihilo, and אדם was ...
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sefer akeidas yitzchak

where in sefer akeidas yitzchak (with the exact wording) does it mention that because the unity of those during dor haflaga (the generation of dispersion/ tower of bavel) had led them to this course ...
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How does waterproofing the Ark from the inside help practically?

Rashi 6(14) quoting the Medrash and Gemorah Sotah, explains that the Ark was waterproofed both outside and inside because of the force of the waters. Practically, I do not see what benefit would be ...
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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 ...