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Monday, Tishrei 28, 5782 / October 1, 2021


This past Shabbat we read the first Parsha in the Torah, Breishis, which tells the story of the creation of the universe and everything in it. We read about the creation of Adam and Chava (Eve). We read about the ten generations from Adam to Noach (Noah) and the corruption which took place during the first 1500 years after creation.


Q. Why was Adam called Adam and his wife Chava?


A. Adam comes from the Hebrew word, ADAMAH, which means earth. Because Adam’s body was created from earth he is called Adam. Chava comes from the word CHAYA, which means LIFE. The Torah tells us that she is called Chava because she is the mother of all living beings – of all people.


Q. How much older were Adam and Chava than their two sons, Cain & Hevel?


A. This might surprise you… They were the same age. Their children were born on the same day as Adam and Chava were created.


In this week's Parsha, Noach, the second Parsha in the Torah, we read about the story of Noach and The Great Flood. 


The Parsha begins with describing that Noach was a just and perfect man in his generation and that, "Noach walked with G-d."  Noach had three sons, Shem, Cham and Yefet.  The Torah tells us, "The earth was corrupt before G-d and the earth was filled with violence."


G-d said to Noach, "The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence, and I will destroy them with the earth."


G-d commands Noach to build an ark which will shelter him and his wife; their three sons and their wives, from the Great Flood which G-d will bring. He told Noach to bring into the ark two of each non kosher species and seven from the kosher animals, so they too will be saved from the catastrophic flood. 


The Flood lasted forty days.  But, the water was so high and the destruction was so great that they had to spend a full year in the ark, until the water receded and it was safe to exit.


Q. How long did it take Noach to build the ark?


A.  120 years. The reason it took so long is that G-d wanted to give the people a chance to repent. G-d was hoping that all this time will make people realize the destruction G-d will bring and thus they will repent. However, in the end they didn't repent and G-d brought The Great Flood.


Q.  How old was Noach when he began building the ark and when G-d brought The Great Flood?


A.  At 480 he started building the ark and when he was 600 years old, G-d brought the Flood.