Thursday, October 3, 2013

TISHREI 30 5774, 04 October 2013 : NOACH

In preparation for this Sabbath Torah study group, read the Torah portions named Noach. They include Gen 6:99-11:32, Isa 42:5-43:10 and Apostolic readings Lk 1:1-80.

Thought for the Week:

Human evil grieves God's heart. God is not peering down on the planet making observations like a dispassionate astronaut. Neither is He watching us like a man sitting on a sofa watching a football game. Rather, He is like a Father who observes the behavior of His children. He is like a king taking note of how events unfold in his kingdom. When a father sees his children involved in self-destructive behaviors, it grieves him. When a king sees his subjects living in open rebellion against him, it angers him. As God observed humanity in the days of Noah, He was saddened to see the rampant wickedness of His creations. He saw that every human heart harbored evil. "The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart" (Genesis 6:6).        Fixing a Broken World      

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Noach: Why Did God Destroy the World?

When Noach is named, his father Lamech claims that he will provide relief for humankind - and less than 10 verses later, God decides to destroy the world. By comparing textual parallels of the two events, Rabbi Fohrman helps us understand Lamech's mistake, and how to better relate to God today.

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