Please join our family in this week’s Parashah reading Noach, which means Noah.
- Torah: Genesis 6:9-11:32
- Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-55:5 and 66:1-24
- B’rit Chadashah (New Covenant)
- Bestort HaGe’ulah (Gospels): Luke 1:5-80 and Matthew 24:36-46
- Iggerot (Letters): 1 Peter3:18-22
Parashah in a Nutshell: This week’s Parashah is about Noah. It begins with G‑d’s instructions for Noah to build a large wooden teivah (“ark”), coated within and without with pitch. Noah was chosen by G-d for redemption from the flood that will kill all life on G-d’s creation of Earth because he was the only righteous man in a world consumed by violence and corruption. The ark will float upon the water, sheltering eight people (Noah and his family); as well as, seven pairs of clean and two pairs of unclean of all the animals of creation.
The rain falls for 40 days and nights, and the waters churn for 150 days more before calming and beginning to recede. The ark settles on Mount Ararat, and from its window Noah dispatches a raven, and then a series of doves, “to see if the waters were abated from the face of the earth.” When the ground dries completely, G‑d commands Noah to exit the teivah and repopulate the earth. Thus, Noah becomes the second Adam. We are more closely related to Noah than Adam, as we – like Noah – have been born into a world of imperfection. Whereas, Adam was born into the perfect world of the Garden of Eden.
Noah builds an altar and offers sacrifices to G‑d. G‑d tells us that He will never again destroy all of mankind because of their deeds, and sets the rainbow as a testimony of His new covenant with man. G‑d also gives the Noachide laws and instructs Noah regarding the sacredness of life: murder is deemed a capital offense, and while man is permitted to eat the meat of animals, he is forbidden to eat flesh or blood taken from a living animal.
Noah plants a vineyard and becomes drunk on its produce. Two of Noah’s sons, Shem and Japheth, are blessed for covering up their father’s nakedness, while his third son, Ham, is punished for taking advantage of his debasement.
The descendants of Noah remain a single people, with a single language and culture, for ten generations. Then they defy G-d by building a great tower to symbolize their own invincibility and the consequence is that G‑d confuses their language so that “one does not comprehend the tongue of the other.” The result is that they abandon their project and disperse across the face of the Earth creating seventy nations.
The Parshah of Noach concludes with a chronology of the ten generations from Noah to Abram (later Abraham), and the latter’s journey from his birthplace of Ur to Charan, on the way to the land of Canaan.
Study Helps, Children’s Activities, and Projects
- Audio of Torah Readings with Summary and Commentaries
- Hebrew for Christians Torah Parashah Noach Discussion
- Adult Study Outline
- Children’s Study Outline
- Torah Class In Depth Study of the Book of Genesis Ch. 6, Ch. 7, Ch. 8, Ch. 9, Ch. 10, and Ch. 11
- The Parsha Experiment – Noach: The Failure of Humanity (Video)
- Noah for Children (Cartoon Video)
- Tower of Babel for Children (Cartoon Video)
- Teaching from Rabbi Greg Hershberg (Beth Yeshua International) on Torah Parashah Noach: Get Ready Part 1, Get Ready Part 2
- Rainbow Themed Treats & Crafts
- More Treat & Craft Ideas
- Tower of Babel Game
- Preschool Worksheets
- Hebrew Lesson: Beit
- Homeschool Extension Activities:
- Language Arts: Write an essay on (1) the Noachide laws and how they relate to the Ten Commandments given to Moses on Mt. Sinai OR (2) on what beit represents.
- Math: Calculate and draw a scale model of the ark using 1″ per cubit. Attach your calculations to your scale model.
- Science: Build a foil boat and see how many pennies or beans it can hold until it sinks. What natural law applies to this experiment? Who discovered it?
- Art: Create a timeline of the Bible that you will fill in during this year’s Parashah studies.
- Music: Listen to the following – Noah Worked with One Saw, Song for Parashah Noach, Who Built the Ark, Arky Arky, Noah’s Song, Noah, The Song, and Praise You in The Storm.