This week’s section starts with an introduction of Noah and then the following verse: (Genesis 6:10) “And Noah begot three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.”
We all know the story of the flood, the ark, and the dove with the olive branch.
After the flood was over, we find the following verse: (Genesis 9:18) “ And the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth…”
It may seem that these words do not add a lot of information. Maybe the Torah is telling us that Noah didn’t have more kids in the ark. Or maybe the Torah is trying to tell us: The names are the same names but the people are different people.
They experienced “something” that changed their lives. Even though we know their names, they are different people. In fact, the verse ends telling us: “And Ham is the father of Canaan”.
It is not just about them themselves now, it’s about continuity and taking advantage of the experiences that change lives.
In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L