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Parsha Noach

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Parsha Noach נֹ֔חַ is the second reading in Bereshit and the annual reading cycle. This parsha contains many familiar stores (1) the building of the ark, (2) the flood, and of course the (3) tower of Babel.

There are several interesting facts concerning the Hebrew text. This parsha can be considered the longest pasha in one way. It has the most sentences (verses) of any Torah portion but it does share this honor with parsha Vayishlach (Bereshit 32:4-36:43). More amazingly it does not contain the most letters. That honor belongs to parsha Miketz (Bereshit 41:1-44:17). Parsha Vayeira (Exodus Shemot 6:2-9:35) has the most words.

Noach נֹ֔חַ is the third word and the first distinctive word in the Hebrew text (see text below).

Genesis 6 (Bereshit) Outline

This first two divisions (vv.1-4 & vv. 5-8 ) of chapter 6 are connected to chapter 5. They are the final two paragraphs in “The Book of the History of Adam.” The previous introduction of Noah in 5.32 is being developed in verse 8. It is transitioning us to the next major story.
Beginning at verse 9 we have a new act — “The Flood”. Everything is about to be destroyed and the world will be recreated – this is presented as a new creation.

vv.1-4 Sons of God and the Daughters of Men
vv.5-8 Punishment for the Generation of the Flood; Grace for Noah
vv.9-12 The Corruption of All Flesh and the Righteousness of the Good Man
vv.13-22 Noah told about the Coming Doom and Instructed to Make the Ark

Genesis 5 (Bereshit) Outline

Traditionally, Genesis (Bereshit) 5 is considered to be the first ten generations of the earth’s history. According to Rabbi Cassuto, Genesis (Bereshet) 5 begins the fourth section of Genesis called “The Book of the History of Adam” and it continues to Genesis (Bereshet) 6.8.

vv.1-5 Adam – lives 930 years vv.6-8 Seth – lives 912 years vv.9-11 Enosh – lives 905 years vv.12-14 Kenan – lives 910 years vv.15-17 Mahalalel – lives 829 years vv.18-20 Jared – lives 962 years vv.21-24 Enoch – lives 365 years vv.25-27 Methuselah – lives 969 years vv.28-31 Lamech – lives 777 years vv.32 Noah – 500 years old when he has sons