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Found it in R. Yaakov Culi's Me'am Lo'ez Pirkei DeRabbi Eliezer 24 says If a man fell and died they paid no heed to him, but if a brick fell they sat down and wept, and said: Woe is us ! when will another one come in its stead? And Abraham, son of Terah, passed by, and saw them building the city and the tower, and he cursed them in the name of his God, as ...


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The translation is: "With hot semen they sinned, and with hot water they were punished". This translation can also be found in the very source you quote Sanhedrin 108b:3. A similar translation can be found here as well.


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The Malbim seems to suggest that this represented a turning point in the development of construction and the like, in that the land was now regarded as being fit to support bricks to build on, which would in turn, allow them to keep building upwards: ויאמרו. תחלה התחילו החדשות בבנות להם בתי חומה, תחת שעד עתה היו יושבי אהלים, ונזדמן להם אדמה ראויה ללבנים וגם ...


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The Sefer haYashar seems to imply that Pitom and Raamses were actually built using Jewish-made bricks: ויבנו בני ישראל את פיתום ואת רעמסס, ויעשו את המלאכה כל בני ישראל מהם לובנים לבנים ומהם בונים.‏ And the children of Israel built Pitom and Raamses, and all the children of Israel did the work, part of them making bricks, part of them building. Isaiah 65:3 ...


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The Gemara in Sanhedrin 69b says expressly the following: תדע דקא חשיב להו קרא דרך חכמתן דכתיב (בראשית ה, לב) ויהי נח בן חמש מאות שנה ויולד נח את שם את חם ואת יפת שם גדול מחם שנה וחם גדול מיפת שנה נמצא שם גדול מיפת שתי שנים וכתיב (בראשית ז, ו) ונח בן שש מאות שנה והמבול היה מים על הארץ וכתיב (בראשית יא, י) (ו)אלה תולדות שם שם בן מאת שנה ויולד את ארפכשד שנתים ...


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Just listened to shiur by Rabbi Eytan Feiner, who when giving it says that Chayei Sora even though it has a name in it, it not the list of parshiyos that are just names. So I am going to summarise the shiur and hopefully it is understandable. He says that these 5 people all have in common a turning point in Klal, that excludes the spies and the egel since ...


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Rav Hirsch says that the whole point was to show that they were able to create the building materials themselves. That is, they were showing that everything was under their control. This was the reason that they spoke of וראשו בשמים. It was not that they expected to literally build a physical tower that was taller than the mountains, but that they were ...


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The Gemora Shevous 36A says the reason the promise not to destroy the world with a mabul was repeated twice was to give that promises the status of an oath. It is a complex question in the Rishonim about the parameters of that oath (e.g. was it only an oath about a mabul?)but that is why it was repeated twice to begin with. See the Ohr HaChaim on the second ...


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Iyun Haparsha had a list of at least 20 answers to this question. I can recall a few. Rav Chaim Kanievsky (some others as well) answer that once the issur of eating aninals went off so did the issur on fish because it was one issur. 2. Adam was never forbidden to eat fish. 3. Noach saved the fish as well. Since by the Teiva the water was cool. 4. Avnei ...


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The 1969 edition in my house also has that mistake.


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There are two loopholes in the verse: 1. It only mentions water, but other destructive forces such as fire and plague are not included. 2. It says "all flesh" will not be destroyed but some people could be drowned. As the Tosefta says רמ"א מבול של מים אין אבל מבול של אש ושל גפרית יש כדרך שהביא על הסדומיים שנאמר (בראשית י״ט:כ״ד) וה' המטיר על ...


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On the contrary. Rav Chaim Friedlander זצ"ל in his שפתי חיים על פרשת נח, brings from the זוהר (השמטות בראשית רנד) that when נח came out of the תיבה and saw the destruction, he cried out to ד' asking why He hadn't had mercy on the people כשיצא מן התיבה וראה את העולם חרב והתחיל לבכות לפניו ואמר רבש"ע נקראת רחום, היה לך לרחם על בריותיך! השיבו הקב&...


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Noach did not say Shira when they drowned. The Malochim were criticized for saying Shira when the Egyptians were drowning. Klal Yisroel was not criticized because the Egyptians had been their tormenters who had been running after them so they were also thanking Hashem over their salvation.Noach was not being chased after by the people of his generation. ...


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The Akivian methodology suggests that what G-d "says" and "thinks" are two different things. Whenever the Bible repeats or adds a word, it must be there to teach a lesson. Rabbi Ishmael disagreed. He felt that “the Torah [which is intended for humans] speaks in human language.” Thus, the Torah repeats itself for emphasis to make a point. ...


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The way I heard Rav Aharon Feldman shlit"a explain it (sorry it was a lecture so I don't have a link), Noach believed intellectually but he did not internalize the belief. So he knew and believed what Hashem told him, but he hadn't accepted it deep down.


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Noah was 600 years old when the Flood started (Bereshit 7:6). Bereshit 7:11 gives the exact start date of the Flood as the 17th day of the 2nd month of Noah's 600th year. To clarify, this means that from Noah's birth to the Flood, he had lived 599 full years and was now 1 month and 17 days into his 600th year. The Flood waters increased on the earth for 150 ...


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