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October 12, 1990 - Image 151

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-10-12

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Hava Nedeber Ivrit: The Flood And The Covenant

By NIRA LEV

Seepur Noach and Ha'mabul,
like most of the seepurim in Sefer
Bereshit, expresses some of the

most profound teachings of the

Tanach, and communications
universal moral truths. Seepurim at
mabul were very widespread
ba'olam ha'atik but seepur
ha'mabul in the Torah and the
meser it conveys is unlike any other

account and it is distinct in the

emet nitzchit that it proclaims.
Sefer Bereshit tells how
HaShem decided to wipe out
mankind because ha'aretz "mal'ah
chamas," and "kol basar" was
corrupt. However, adam tzadik
named Noach was to be saved from
the mabul. Noach was instructed to
build a tevah, to provision it and
take aboard his mishpacha together
with zachar and nekevah
representatives of "kol ha'chay."
When all was done, "mey
ha'mabul" came "al ha'aaretz"

and all earthly existence was blotted
out. Then the mabul stopped and
when Noach finally disembarked he
promptly built a mizbe'ach and
offered korbanot to Ha'Shem.
Ha'Shem, in turn, karat brit
with Noach, pledged never again
tot visit a mabul upon mankind and
set up the keshet be'anan as an
everlasting semel of his brit.
Despite the numerous
similarities between seepur
ha'mabul in the Torah and the
Mesopotamian traditions, the
mashma'ut and the meser of the
biblical version can be evaluated by
examining the niggudim between
seepur ha'mabul as we know it and
all other seepurim.
Seepur ha'mabul ba'torah is
the only one where hashkafat
ha'olam is thoroughly monotheistic.
Ha'olam corrupted itself before
Ha'Shem, and He decided to
punish man. Noach was saved
because he was "eesh tzadik
tamim" who "walked" with
Ha'Shem. Noach does not
demonstrate any yozma and he
clearly follows the hora'ot Ha'Shem
gives him.
Highly significant is the fact that
the vessel that saved Noach is a
tevah, not an oniyah or seerah.
The Hebrew word tevah used to
describe this.vessel occurs
elsewhere in the Tanach in this
sense only in connection with the
salvation of Moshe ha'tinok who
was put in a tevah to save him from
drowning. The building of a tevah
rather than an oniyah is intended in
both cases to attribute the hatzalah
of the geebor solely to Ha'Shem,
and not to human skill.
Seepur ha'mabul has an

unambiguous meser moosari,
unlike any other mabul account.
The seebah for the mabul is the
sh'cheetut of the people and
Noach was saved because he was
a tzadik tamim. Ha'Shem cares
about the olam He created and, like
in the seepur about Sdom and
Amorah, here too we see that this
olam is governed by chok and
moosar. There is sachar and there
is onesh, and there is ach'rayut
ishit. Seepur ha'mabul ends with
an important meser to mankind: the
brit between Ha'Shem and
ha'adam. We see here matchalah
chadasha for bney- ha'adam.
Noach is blessed like Adam
ha'rishon. The brit is for kol
ha'enoshut and the keshet
be'anan becomes its symbolic
guarantee.

Meelon (Dictionary)

seepur
ha'mabul
seepurim

story
the flood
stories

Sefer Bereshit
Genesis
Ha'tanach
the Bible
al
about
ba'olam
in the world
olam
world
atik
ancient
meser
message
emet nitzchit
eternal truth
ha'aretz
the earth
"mal-ah chamas" ...was filled with
evil, injustice
"kol basar"
all flesh
adam
a man
tzadik
righteous
tevah .... an ark, a chest-like vessel
zachar
male
nekevah
female
"kol ha'chay" ...all living creatures
"mey ha'mabul"
the water
of the flood
"al ha'aretz"
on the land
mizbe'ach
an alter
korbanot
• sacrifice
keshet
a rainbow
anan
a cloud
be'anan
in the cloud
semel
a symbol
brit
covenant

mashma'ut
meaning
niggudim
contrasts
niggud
contrast
ha'shkafat ha'olam ...the world view
yozma
initiative
hora'ot
instructions
oniyah
a ship
seerah
a boat
tinok
baby
ha'tinok
the baby
hatzalah
saving, deliverance
geebor
hero
moosari
moral
seebah
reason
sh'cheetut
corruption
Sdom and Amorah
Sodom
and Gomorrah
chok
law
moosar
morality
sachar
reward
onesh
punishment
ach'rayut ishit
personal
responsibility
hatchalah
beginning
chadash
new
bney-ha'adam
human beings,
mankind
kol ha'enoshut
all mankind

A Noah Poem

Puzzle By Judy Silberg Loebl

Unscramble the animals listed below. Place the letters with the corresponding
numbers inside the ark. If you correctly place all the letters into the ark
you will find a poem about Noah. Some letters are given to help you get started.

D

GDO

RFOG

122

25

107

SEVLOW

18 5

RAGFEFI

47 98

55 120 16 65 113 74

ACT

88

15

58

73

91

2

BAEZR

NHE

69 17 110

27

TOGA

24

52

119

7

23 71 105 1

SREGIT

54

87 118

90

KNUKS•

45 59 86 10

PPPTASUMHOIO

40 114 100

99 41 84 42 104

89 75 12 63 121 33

BLAM

3

96

30

48

Answers On Page L-7

ROSHE

116

38

78

95

61

ABBIRT

92

101

13

60

8

26

wco

37

51

102

20

46

XFO

EACLM

81

43

82

28

36

H

YTRUKE

9

108

67

77

1

49

D

2

3

4

D

5

6

7

0

8

9

T

KAY

13 14 15 16

53 31

17

A

18 19 20 21

I

26 27 28

29

10 11 12

N

22

0

23

83 68

0

25

W

30 31 32 33

N

34 35 36

MKEOYN

39 11 29

24

37 38 39 40

I

41

42 43

44 45

0!!!

46 47

48 49

50

51

52 53

54 55

AEEHLNPT

72 32 66

76 21 97 56

H

56

A

57

A

58 59

60 61 62

ONLI

W D

63 64

I

111 106 4 109

73 74

75 76 77

0

TRALLOIAG

94 19 103 34

91

92 93

80

96

79 117 85 70

I

108 109 110

SLETTUR

T

111

81

82 83

ND

95

I

84 85 86

RN
87

116

D

98 99

117

W

88

89

T

100

101 102 103 104 105

I

114 115

D

72

T

97

A

112 113

69 70 71

A

78 79

YDY
94

65 66 67 68

118 119 120 121

90

N

106

(5
107

N 1)
122

93 14 44 50 35 64 6

NECKICH

62 112 22

115 57 80

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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