Parashas Noach

Parashas Noach  —  Bereishis/Genesis  6:9 - 11:32

Chapter 6

9 These are the offspring of Noah — Noah was a righteous man, perfect in his generations; Noah walked with God. —  10 Noah had begotten three sons - Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

11 Now the earth had become corrupt before God; and the earth had become filled with robbery.  12 And God saw the earth and behold it was corrupted, for all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth.

13 God said to Noah, "The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with robbery through them; and behold, I am about to destroy them from the earth.  14 Make for yourself an Ark of gopher wood; make the Ark with compartments, and cover it inside and out with pitch.  15 This is how you should make it — three hundred cubits the length of the Ark; fifty cubits its width; and thirty cubits its height.  16 A window shall you make for the Ark, and to a cubit finish it from above. Put the entrance of the Ark in its side; make it with bottom, second, and third decks.

17 "And as for Me — Behold, I am about to bring the Flood-waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which there is a breath of life from under the heavens; everything that is in the earth shall expire.  18 But I will establish My covenant with you, and you shall enter the Ark — you, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives with you.  19 And from all that lives, of all flesh, two of each shall you bring into the Ark to keep alive with you; they shall be male and female.  20 From each bird according to its kind, and from each animal according to its kind, and from each thing that creeps on the ground according to its kind, two of each shall come to you to keep alive.

21 "And as for you, take yourself of every food that is eaten and gather it in to yourself, that it shall be as food for you and for them."  22 Noah did according to everything God commanded him, so he did.

Chapter 7

1 Then Hashem said to Noah, "Come to the Ark, you and all your household, for it is you that I have seen to be righteous before Me in this generation.  2 Of every clean animal take unto you seven pairs, a male with its mate, and of the animal that is not clean, two, a male with its mate;  3 of the birds of the heavens also, seven pairs, male and female, to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.  4 For in seven more days time I will send rain upon the earth, forty days and forty nights, and I will blot out all existence that I have made from upon the face of the ground."  5 And Noah did according to everything that Hashem had commanded him.

6 Noah was six hundred years old when the Flood was water upon the earth.

7 Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives with him, went into the Ark because of the waters of the Flood.  8 Of the clean animal, of the animal that is not clean, of the birds, and of each thing that creeps upon the ground,  9 two by two they came to Noah into the Ark, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.  10 And it came to pass after the seven-day period that the waters of the Flood were upon the earth.

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth; and the windows of the heavens were opened.  12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

13 On that very day Noah came, with Shem, Ham, and Japheth, Noah's sons, with Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the Ark —

14 they and every beast after its kind, every animal after its kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, and every bird of any kind of wing.  15 They came to Noah into the Ark; two by two of all flesh in which there was a breath of life.  16 Thus they that came, came male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him. And Hashem shut it on his behalf.

17 When the Flood was on the earth forty days, the waters increased and raised the Ark so that it was lifted above the earth.  18 The waters strengthened and increased greatly upon the earth, and the Ark drifted upon the surface of the waters.  19 The waters strengthened very much upon the earth, all the high mountains which are under the entire heavens were covered.  20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters strengthen, and the mountains were covered.  21 And all flesh that moves upon the earth expired — among the birds, the animals, the beasts, and all the creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all mankind.

22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, of everything that was on dry land, died.  23 And He blotted out all existence that was on the face of the ground — from man to animals to creeping things and to the bird of the heavens; and they were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah survived, and those with him in the Ark.  24 And the waters strengthened on the earth a hundred and fifty days.

Chapter 8

1 God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the animals that were with him in the Ark, and God caused a spirit to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.  2 The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, and the rain from heaven was restrained.  3 The waters then receded from upon the earth, receding continuously, and the waters diminished at the end of a hundred and fifty days.  4 And the Ark came to rest in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

5 The waters were continuously diminishing until the tenth month. In the tenth month, on the first of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible.

6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the Ark which he had made.  7 He sent out the raven, and it kept going and returning until the waters dried from upon the earth.  8 Then he sent out the dove from him to see whether the waters had subsided from the face of the ground.

9 But the dove could not find a resting place for the sole of its foot, and it returned to him to the Ark, for water was upon the surface of all the earth. So he put forth his hand, and took it, and brought it to him to the Ark.  10 He waited again another seven days, and again sent out the dove from the Ark.  11 The dove came back to him in the evening — and behold! an olive leaf it had plucked with its bill! And Noah knew that the waters had subsided from upon the earth.  12 Then he waited again another seven days and sent the dove forth; and it did not return to him any more.

13 And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the waters dried from upon the earth; Noah removed the covering of the Ark, and looked — and behold! the surface of the ground had dried.  14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was fully dried.

15 God spoke to Noah, saying.  16 "Go forth from the Ark - you and your wife, your sons, and your sons' wives with you.  17 Every living being that is with you of all flesh, of birds, of animals, and moving things that move on the earth — order them out with you, and let them teem on the earth and be fruitful and multiply on the earth."  18 So Noah went forth, and his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives with him.  19 Every living being, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on earth came out of the Ark by their families.

20 Then Noah built an altar to Hashem and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt-offerings on the altar.  21 Hashem smelled the pleasing aroma, and Hashem said in His heart - "I will not continue to curse again the ground because of man, since the imagery of man's heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again continue to smite every living being, as I have done.

22 Continuously, all the days of the earth, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease."

Chapter 9

1 God blessed Noah and his sons, and He said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the land.  2 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, in everything that moves on earth and in all the fish of the sea; in your hand they are given.

3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; like the green herbage I have given you everything.  4 But flesh; with its soul its blood you shall not eat.

5 However, your blood which belongs to your souls I will demand, of every beast will I demand it; but of man, of every man for that of his brother I will demand the soul of man.  6 Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God He made man.  7 And you, be fruitful and multiply; teem on the earth and multiply on it."

8 And God said to Noah and to his sons with him saying.  9 "And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your offspring after you,  10 and with every living being that is with you — with the birds, with the animals, and with every beast of the land with you — of all that departed the Ark, to every beast of the earth.  11 And I will confirm My covenant with you - Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth."

12 And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I give between Me and you, and every living being that is with you, to generations forever.  13 I have set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.  14 And it shall happen, when I place a cloud over the earth, and the bow will be seen in the cloud.  15 I will remember My covenant between Me and you and every living being among all flesh, and the water shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.  16 And the bow shall be in the cloud, and I will look upon it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living being, among all flesh that is on earth."  17 And God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant that I have confirmed between Me and all flesh that is upon the earth."

18 The sons of Noah who came out of the Ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth — Ham being the father of Canaan.  19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole world was spread out.

20 Noah, the man of the earth, debased himself and planted a vineyard.  21 He drank of the wine and became drunk, and he uncovered himself within his tent.

22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father's nakedness and told his two brothers outside.  23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it upon both their shoulders, and they walked backwards, and covered their father's nakedness; their faces were turned away, and they saw not their father's nakedness.

24 Noah awoke from his wine and realized what his small son had done to him.

25 And he said, "Cursed is Canaan; a slave of slaves shall he be to his brothers."

26 And he said, "Blessed is Hashem, the God of Shem; and let Canaan be a slave to them.

27 "May God extend Japheth, but he will dwell in the tents of Shem; may Canaan be a slave to them."

28 Noah lived after the Flood three hundred fifty years.  29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred fifty years; and he died:

Chapter 10

1 These are the descendants of the sons of Noah - Shem, Ham, and Japheth; sons were born to them after the Flood.

2 The sons of Japheth - Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.  3 The sons of Gomer - Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah.  4 The sons of Javan - Elishah and Tarshish, the Kittim and the Dodanim.  5 From these the islands of the nations were separated in their lands — each according to its language, by their families, in their nations.

6 The sons of Ham - Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan.  7 The sons of Cush - Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah - Sheba and Dedan.

8 And Cush begot Nimrod. He was the first to be a mighty man on earth.  9 He was a mighty hunter before Hashem; therefore it is said - "Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before Hashem."  10 The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh in the land of Shinar.  11 From that land Ashur went forth and built Nineveh, Rehovoth-ir, Calah,  12 and Resen between Nineveh and Calah, that is the great city.

13 And Mizraim begot Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim,  14 Pathrusim, and Casluhim, whence the Philistines came forth, and Caphtorim.

15 Canaan begot Zidon his firstborn, and Heth,  16 and the Jebusite, the Amorite, the Girgashite,  17 the Hivite, the Arkite, the Sinite,  18 the Arvadite, the Zemarite, and the Hamathite. Afterward, the families of the Canaanites branched out.  19 And the Canaanite boundary extended from Zidon going toward Gerar, as far as Gaza; going toward Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha.  20 These are the descendants of Ham, by their families, by their languages, in their lands, in their nations.

21 And to Shem, also to him were born; he was the ancestor of all those who lived on the other side; the brother of Japheth the elder.  22 The sons of Shem - Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram.  23 The sons of Aram - Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash.  24 Arpachshad begot Shelah, and Shelah begot Eber.  25 And to Eber were born two sons - The name of the first was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided; and the name of his brother was Joktan.  26 Joktan begot Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah,  27 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah,  28 Obal, Abimael, Sheba,  29 Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab; all these were the sons of Joktan.  30 Their dwelling place extended from Mesha going toward Sephar, the mountain to the east.  31 These are the descendants of Shem according to their families, by their languages, in their lands, by their nations.

32 These are the families of Noah's descendants, according to their generations, by their nations; and from these the nations were separated on the earth after the Flood:

Chapter 11

1 The whole earth was of one language and of common purpose.  2 And it came to pass, when they migrated from the east they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.  3 They said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks and burn them in fire." And the brick served them as stone, and the lime served them as mortar.  4 And they said, "Come, let us build us a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed across the whole earth."

5 Hashem descended to look at the city and tower which the sons of man built,

6 and Hashem said, "Behold, they are one people with one language for all, and this they begin to do! And now, should it not be withheld from them all they propose to do?  7 Come, let us descend and there confuse their language, that they should not understand one another's language."

8 And Hashem dispersed them from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city.  9 That is why it was called Babel, because it was there that Hashem confused the language of the whole earth, and from there Hashem scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

10 These are the descendants of Shem - Shem was one hundred years old when he begot Arpachshad, two years after the Flood.  11 And Shem lived five hundred years after begetting Arpachshad, and he begot sons and daughters.

12 Arpachshad had lived thirty-five years when he begot Shelah.  13 And Arpachshad lived four hundred three years after begetting Shelah; and he begot sons and daughters.

14 Shelah had lived thirty years when he begot Eber.  15 And Shelah lived four hundred and three years after begetting Eber, and begot sons and daughters.

16 When Eber had lived thirty-four years, he begot Peleg.  17 And Eber lived four hundred and thirty years after begetting Peleg, and he begot sons and daughters.

18 When Peleg had lived thirty years, he begot Reu.  19 And Peleg lived two hundred and nine years after begetting Reu, and he begot sons and daughters.

20 When Reu had lived thirty-two years, he begot Serug.  21 And Reu lived two hundred and seven years after begetting Serug, and he begot sons and daughters.

22 When Serug had lived thirty years, he begot Nahor.  23 And Serug lived two hundred years after begetting Nahor, and he begot sons and daughters.

24 When Nahor had lived twenty-nine years, he begot Terah.  25 And Nahor lived one hundred nineteen years after begetting Terah, and he begot sons and daughters.

26 When Terah had lived seventy years, he begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

27 Now these are the chronicles of Terah - Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begot Lot.  28 Haran died in the lifetime of Terah his father, in his native land, in Ur Kasdim.  29 And Abram and Nahor took themselves wives; the name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and the father of Iscah.  30 And Sarai was barren, she had no child.

31 Terah took his son Abram, and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and his daughterin-law Sarai, the wife of Abram his son, and they departed with them from Ur Kasdim to go to the land of Canaan; they arrived at Haran and they settled there.

32 The days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran.

Haftaras Noach  —  Yeshayah/Isaiah 54:1 - 55:5

Chapter 54

1 Sing out, O barren one, who has not given birth, break out into glad song and be jubilant, O one who had no labor pains, for the children of the desolate [Jerusalem] outnumber the children of the inhabited [city], said Hashem.  2 Broaden the place of your tent and stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, stint not; lengthen your cords and strengthen your pegs.  3 For southward and northward you shall spread out mightily, your offspring will inherit nations, and they will settle desolate cites.  4 Fear not, for you will not be shamed, do not feel humiliated for you will not be mortified; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the mortification of your widowhood you will remember no more.  5 For your Master is your Maker — Hashem, Master of Legions is His Name; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel — God of all the world shall He be called.  6 For like a wife who had been forsaken and of melancholy spirit will Hashem have called you, and like a wife of one's youth who had become despised — said your God.  7 For but a brief moment have I forsaken you, and with abundant mercy shall I gather you in.  8 With a slight wrath have I concealed My countenance from you for a moment, but with eternal kindness shall I show you mercy, said your Redeemer, Hashem.

9 For like the waters of Noah shall this be to Me - As I have sworn never again to pass the waters of Noah over the earth, so have I sworn not to be wrathful with you or rebuke you.  10 For the mountains may be moved and the hills may falter, but My kindness shall not be removed from you and My covenant of peace shall not falter, says the One Who shows you mercy, Hashem.

11 O afflicted, storm-tossed, unconsoled one, behold! I shall lay your floor stones upon pearls and make your foundation of sapphires.  12 I shall make your sun windows of rubies and your gates of garnets, and your entire boundary of precious stones.

13 All your children will be students of Hashem, and abundant will be your children's peace.  14 Establish yourself through righteousness, distance yourself from oppression for you need not fear it, and from panic for it will not come near you.  15 One need fear indeed if he has nothing from Me; whoever aggressively opposes you will fall because of you.

16 Behold! I have created the smith who blows on a charcoal flame and withdraws a tool for his labor, and I have created the destroyer to ruin.  17 Any weapon sharpened against you shall not succeed, and any tongue that shall rise against you in judgment shall you condemn; this is the heritage of the servant of Hashem, and their righteousness is from Me, the words of Hashem.

Chapter 55

1 Ho, everyone who is thirsty, go to the water, even one who has no money; go buy and eat, go and buy without money, and without barter wine and milk.  2 Why do you weigh out money for that which is not bread and [fruit of] your toil for that which does not satisfy? Listen well to Me and eat what is good, and let your soul delight in abundance.  3 Incline your ear and come to Me, listen and your soul will rejuvenate; I shall seal an eternal covenant with you, the enduring kindnesses [promised] David.  4 Behold! I have appointed him a witness to the regimes, a prince and a commander to the regimes.  5 Behold! a nation that you did not know will you call, and a nation that knew you not will run to you, for the sake of Hashem, your God, the Holy One of Israel, for He has glorified you.

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