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Noah, the Flood, and the Ark

Psalms about Noah

It is written, “Happy is the man that has not walked in the counsel of the wicked, neither stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seat of of the scornful” (Ps. 1:1). The Talmudic Sages taught that this refers to Noah. “But his delight was in the law of the L-rd…” (Ps. 1:2) alludes to the seven Noahide Laws which he was commanded.
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Connection Between Noah’s Ark and a Sukkah

A sukkah represents peace. In Noah’s ark, peace was present. Although all the animals were together, none disturbed another, similar to the peace of the Messianic Era, when the wolf will dwell with the lamb.
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Bread, Sweat and Tears

An inner intent of the decree upon Adam is that apparent negativity in the world should be turned over to reveal the inner positive Divine Providence. This is through our efforts to reveal the Divine image that G-d placed within us. As a reflection of Him, we have an inherent connection with goodness.
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Generating Peace and Satisfaction

The commandments to Noah are intended to establish a settled environment and develop harmony within mankind. Implicit in G-d’s covenant with Noah was mankind’s advancement towards the consummate fulfillment that will characterize the future era of the Messiah. The Zohar explains that the radiant colors of the rainbow shown to Noah alludes to the splendor of that future era.
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What We Should Learn from Noah

There are lessons we should take from Noah’s way of serving G-d: his efforts before the flood, and his saving the world by bringing all species of life into the ark.
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The Purifying Waters of the Flood

The Flood served not only as a punishment for the people who had sinned, but also as a purification for the world. Likewise, the “many waters” of worries or sufferings that G-d may bring upon a person are not to punish him (G-d forbid), but to rinse off and purify him from undesirable traits etc. It is therefore understandable that this can be achieved even in one moment if he realizes the inner purpose of his problems and takes their lesson to heart.
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The Past of Our Future: Secrets of Noah’s Ark

This engineering analysis of the dimensions for Noah’s Ark shows that it is a highly probable description for a floating ecosystem that Noah could have constructed.
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