Noach: Why Did God Destroy The World?

Noach: Why Did God Destroy the World?

Rabbi David Fohrman

Rabbi David Fohrman


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OK, we all know the story of the flood: people were up to no good so God decided to destroy them all. But what about repentance? What about making room for improvements? Why did God all of a sudden decide that this project called Creation was a lost cause and He had to just start it all over again?

In this video, Rabbi Fohrman finds an answer in – of all places – the naming of Noah. It turns out that in order to understand what was so problematic about the state of humanity that it propelled God to bring the flood, we need to understand the meaning of Noah’s name. Beneath the surface of this text lies a story about how we deal with loss, and the pitfalls of seeking easy comfort in the wrong ways.