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Unique Capabilities: Parashat Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32)


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/unique_capabilities_parashat_noach_genesis_69-1132_20111026

There are places in the Torah where many of us moderns have a hard time relating to our ancestors and the societies in which they lived. Oppression of women, slavery, animal sacrifice, a God that intervenes and directs our lives in a forceful and immediate way, to name a few. This parasha, however, is not really one of these moments. In fact, as I read through Noach again and again this year, I couldn’t help but think how much hasn’t changed since those fateful days, in primordial time, when the first humans brought about the destruction of the Earth.

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