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UPDATED NOV 2016
Towards the end of the Parsha is mentioned the Birth of our father Avraham. Avram’s father Terach was a Idol maker only when he was having relations with his wife, Amtelai Bas Karnevo, during her menstrual period, did the Satan agree to let them give birth to the soul of Avraham. He thought that being born under such impure conditions and in such a family, Avraham would fail his task in this world.
The flood lasted 40 days and 40 nights. The number forty holds special significance in Torah. The sages tell us the planet Venus takes forty days to retrograde from it’s place as evening star into a position of being the morning star. Interestingly, the pre-embryo of an infant according to the Talmud is said to form in the first forty days. (Talmud Bavli, Yevamot 69b), In the Torah the number forty reminds of us of the forty-year journey of the exodus (Numbers 14:33-34). We should also take notice that Moses fasted and communed with G-d for forty days before receiving the Ten Commandments (Exodus 34:28) and again a second time later in the exodus story (Exodus 34:28). The spies scouted out the land for forty days (Numbers 13:25). David and Solomon ruled for forty years each (2 Samuel 5:4, 1 Kings 2:11; 1 Kings 11:42). Goliath taunted Israel for forty days (1 Samuel 17:16), Egypt is prophesied to lay waste for forty years (Ezekiel 29:11-12), God tells Jonah to warn Nineveh they have forty days to repent or face destruction (Jonah 3:4). God gives the land a period of rest for forty years at a times (Judges 3:11; Judges 5:31; Judges 8:28). During the early kingdom the people of Israel did evil and God gave them an advisory in the Philistines to contend with for forty years (Judges 13:1), A mikvah – the ritual immersion pool, needs a minimum of forty seah of water.
What’s the lesson for us today, there won’t be another flood?.
“And the earth was corrupted before Hashem, and the earth was full of violence (chamas – in original Hebrew text).” Rashi says corrupted here refers to sexual transgression. It was because of sexual transgression that Hashem brought the flood, destroying the world. Improper sexual behavior is the opposite of Holiness. Because of this it arrouses the stern judgment of Hashem. This is why Bilam saw to send the gentile women of Midian to go and seduce the Jewish men. By their transgression with the women of Midian Hashem brought a plague killing thousands in Yisrael. The judgement of Hashem was only reversed by Pinchas when he killed Zimri with Cozbi the women of Midian. By this Pinchas was given the ”Brit (covenant) of peace”, Similar to in our parsha as it says ”I will establish my Brit (covenant) with you and all who enter the ark with you.” The word covenant appears 7 times when God makes his covenant with Noah. these allude to the 7 commandments God gave to Noah and all mankind. Called the Noachite Covenant. they correspond to the 7 colors in the rainbow. which was the sign of the covenant god had made with Noah. It is by the fulfillment of these 7 commandments that are inherent in the nature of man that he comes into harmony with god. these are the 7 laws :
These universal commandments are known as the “the seven laws of Noah”.
These 7 laws include :
1.Do not worship Idols
2.Do not use the Name of God in Vain
3.Do not kill
4.Do not act in a sexually immoral manner
5.Do not steal
6.Do not eat the limb of a living animal-no animal cruelty
7.Establish courts of Justice
These seven laws of the Righteous Gentile are similar to the 613 laws of the Torah for the Jew. They have many different levels of understanding and many details of application. Most aspects of the Torah are included within them. The non Jew can Receive his blessing and dwell in the tents of Shem (which became the heritage of the Hebrew people) or he may find himself with Noah’s son Cham (Ham) instead and Cham castrated his father, he is not a nice guy.
Noah used the Name יהו”ה in blessing Shem and the Name Elohem”e in blessing Japheth. Shem (340)= (יהו”ה (26 ) + שד”י (314 . Noah also says, “ Let יהו”ה be the God of Shem,” using the Name יהו”ה .The covenant is the Brit, the Brit is the covenant (Brit meilah- circumcision). Its desecration is desecration of all. This is why sexual transgression is so severe before Hashem. Severe enough to bring the destruction of all flesh, the flood. The Torah commands the death penalty for certain transgressions, but they can only be applied on the testimony of 2 witnesses of the transgression. And only after the 2 witnesses warned the transgressor to refrain from sin, but the transgressor does not accept the rebuke but then does the transgression. Then the witnesses must testify concerning the sin before a court of 72 judges. Only then can the death penalty be applied. This is the process of conviction for murderers, idolatry and all other transgression with the death penalty. To this is one exception. When a Jew has sexual relations with a gentile, its a mitvah to kill them both. No witness or court is required to pass judgment. As Pinchas killed Zimri. This is so, as this transgression is so detestable before Hashem. For this reason we must stand strong concerning the standards of conversion, against the ”new Judaism’s” of conservative and reformed. (These started in Germany before the Holocaust-flood). Like wise the issue of who is a Jew. We must hold by the truth as stated in the Torah and defined in the Gemore. Not being influenced by political concerns as this is foolishness. Not all the Russians brought to Isreal can be called Jewish for the sake of citizenship or marriage. Only those who can prove their Jewish identity. It is from Noach that the earth became divided. The Jews Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov came from Shem. From Noach’s 2 other sons descends the 70 nations of the world, as listed in the Torah. These 70 Nations correspond to to the 70 names of the Nashamot that descended from Yaakov. The descendents of Cannan are cursed and Shem blessed. Becoming the Nation of Yisrael. Concerning who is jewish we must be truthful and recognize the truth of our tradition which has not changed since receiving the Torah at Sinai which is written in the Torah recorded in the Mishna and clarified in the Gemora. As upon these things the ”brit” (covenant) rests, as we see in our parsha. Transgression against these values leads to utter destruction. We see this from our parsha as it is written ”The earth was sexually corrupted before Elohy”m and the earth was full of chamas (violence)”. In this generation we above all are aware of Chamas (Terrorist group). Hashem must save us, as we must guard the brit . To guard the brit we are as Noach in the ark. Protected from the waters of the flood. The destructive forces aroused by the evil deeds of the generation. God commanded Noah to build the Ark, but Noah still had to build it. One needs to take time, effort and cost making their spiritual ark. To do this one must act as a man of faith.
And not as Nimrod who was a “gilgul” (reincarnated) as Nebuchadnezzar. This is why he built a statue in the Dura valley like did Nimrod also did. This statue was around 90 feet high and 9 feet wide (where a cubit is about a foot and a half). As its written :
“ Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, and builded it in the plain of Dura in the country of Babylonia.” (daniel 3)
We also learn from our parsha from The Tower of Babel about the power in numbers. When people gather on a project if enough people are involved Heaven looks down, Lets give God something real good to see. This is a call to all men of faith.
Remember the Ark is where the Torah is kept. The ark of the covenant, this is where we want to be. In the future there will be a new ”ark”, which will be our succah. It will be our Succah which will protect us during the war of Gog and Magog. This Succah is made from our Mitzvot. From the noga (sparks of light) we raise up. It will be made from the skin of the Leviyaton. From the shade of this Succah the righteous will be protected from the heat of the sun which will destroy the wicked, and be healing to the righteous. These things as The Rambam says in Hilchot Malachim are hidden and concealed and the way the way they come about is left to be seen with the arrival of our righteous Mashiach quickly in our days
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