Shabbat No’akh: There’s Still Time

What caused the destruction of all that lived upon the earth? The Torah describes the divine thought process: וַתִּשָּׁחֵ֥ת הָאָ֖רֶץ לִפְנֵ֣י הָֽאֱלֹהִ֑ים וַתִּמָּלֵ֥א הָאָ֖רֶץ חָמָֽס׃ The earth became corrupt before G*d; the earth was filled with lawlessness. וַיַּ֧רְא אֱלֹהִ֛ים אֶת־הָאָ֖רֶץ וְהִנֵּ֣ה נִשְׁחָ֑תָה כִּֽי־הִשְׁחִ֧ית כׇּל־בָּשָׂ֛ר אֶת־דַּרְכּ֖וֹ עַל־הָאָֽרֶץ׃  When G*d saw how corrupt the earth was, forContinue reading “Shabbat No’akh: There’s Still Time”

Shabbat Bereshit: The Fate of the Earth

The curse of farming, or, not all who wander are wrong On this Shabbat we begin all over again with Bereshit, a recounting of the ancient legends our people  knew about how human life began.  Interestingly, some of the first stories make no sense to us. We are mystified by HaShem’s choice of Abel’s offeringContinue reading “Shabbat Bereshit: The Fate of the Earth”