Shabbat Noah (Gen. 6:9 – 11:32)

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It strikes me that the Noah story is somewhat layered.

On the surface (pun intended), it is a cute story about animals and a boat. Under that is a terrifying tale of the global implication of man’s decisions (global climate change, anyone?).

On the surface, we are told that “Noah was a righteous man”, but by the end of the story he has become the world’s first alcoholic, and curses his children and is clearly very troubled by something.

On the surface, we see God dealing out justice and wiping the slate clean. But beneath that we understand that the destruction was so terrible, perhaps even God realized the err and made a promise (to us or to God’s-self?) never to do it again.

SO, limited only by your creativity and the category of food which you have been assigned, please bring something which has an undercurrent, a low note, a deeper aspect.

Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.

One Response to “Shabbat Noah (Gen. 6:9 – 11:32)”

  1. Gedaliah Yitzchak Corbett says:

    BS”D In your e-mail version, you wrote, “Do words like Teivah and tzohar make you appreciate the role of the translator more, or cause you to question what you are reading?” This year I have started to read the English translation in the Rabbi Aryeah Kaplan’s “The Living Torah.” One of the differences his translation has is that he includes in his notes on the bottom of the page, alternate translations of many words that we find in the Torah.

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