Friday, October 24, 2014

Parashat Noach Text message

Parashat Noach

This section starts with the words "Ele Toldot Noach".  Geneis 6:9 "These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations..."
The beginning of the verse sounds familiar to us... Later in Genesis, in parashat Toldot (descendants), we find: "Ve ele Toldot Itzchak"(25:15)  "And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son. Abraham begot Isaac."
These are the descendants of Noach and these are the descendants of Isaac...
So, why isn't it the section we find later called Isaac instead of Toldot? If the first one was called Noach, the second one should follow the same criteria and be called Isaac, right?
The descendants of Noach that matter are Noach himself... The descendants of Isaac that matter are all of us.
When we work not just for today but for the future, when we think of the future generations and not just of us, we are giving a clear message and great example to others.

In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L

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