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As the waters of the flood receded, Noach tried to ascertain when the world had become inhabitable once again (8:6-14). He sent the dove out repeatedly, and when the dove returned he learned the state of affairs of the world. When finally the dove did not return, he realized that the earth's surface had dried and the world was inhabitable once again. Yet the Torah (8:15) is clear that even once he knew this, Noach did not leave the ark until G-d had instructed him to do so. This implies that Noach was obliged to wait for G-d to grant him permission to leave the ark. What then is practically accomplished by sending out the doves at all? Is Noach simply impatiently curious?


Friday November 4, 2016
5:39 pm Candle Lighting
5:35 pm  Mincha
Short Drash
6:30 pm  Arvit

Parasha Noach 

Saturday November 5, 2016


9:19 am (9:57 am GRA) Latest time for shema 

8:45 am   Shaharit
10:00 am Torah Reading
11:00 am  Drasha by Rabbi Yisraeli

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5:00 pm Mincha at Westwood Kehilla

5:20 pm Seudah Shlishit  

6:25 pm Arvit
6:41 pm Shabbat Ends  

7:45 am Shaharit followed by breakfasts and shiur


1st Aliya: Noach, a righteous man, is introduced in contrast to a generation that "has perverted its ways". Hashem instructs him to build, and outfit the Ark.

2nd Aliya: Noach is told to enter the Ark along with all the animals. On Cheshvan 17, 1656 – October 27, 2106 b.c.e the flood began.

3rd Aliya: For 40 days and nights the waters increased, destroying all living things. The water raged upon the surface of the earth for 150 days, and then diminished for the next 150. On Nissan 17, May 23, the Ark rested upon Mt. Ararat. Noach sends out the Raven and then the Dove, and on Cheshvan 27,October 27, exactly 1 solar year after it began, the earth was dry.

4th Aliya: Noach and his family exit the Tevah, and offer sacrifices to Hashem. They are commanded to keep the 7 Noahide mitzvot.

5th Aliya: Hashem promises to never again destroy the world and designates the rainbow as the symbol of that covenant.

6th Aliya: The story of Noach, the vineyard, and the subsequent blessings and curses is related. The descendants of Cham, Yefet, and Canaan are listed.

7th Aliya: The story of the Tower of Babel in 1996 and Nimrod's world dominance is told. The 10 generations of Shem, culminating in the introduction of Avram and Sarai, are listed. The year is 2023. Note that Avram was 48 years old when the Tower of Babel took place and he was 56 years old when Noach died.
This Shabbos we read chapter 54 in Yeshayahu that describes Israel in the aftermath of the destruction of the Bais Hamikdash as afflicted, barren, and inconsolable. The Navi assures the people that Hashem's kindness and love for them is ever present, protecting, and sustaining. This is the same Haftarah as Parashat Ki Tetzeh. (the 4th Haftarah of Consolation)
Pasuk 54:9 refers to the destruction of Yerushalayim as "…this is like the waters of Noach to me…" The Navi lets us know that destruction occurs when Hashem's kindness and protection is removed from the world and from Israel. "For a brief moment I forsook you…" (54:7) "…for a moment I hid my face from you…" (54:8)

The Navi concludes with the reassurance that Hashem remembers His covenant with the world and the Chosen People. Consequences are the result of Hashem's presence being more or less manifest in society. The degree to which we reveal Hashem's influence in our lives is the degree to which His protection and supervision is realized. Our job is to reveal Hashem through doing His commandments and learning His Torah.

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