The Story of Noah’s Birth
Rabbi David Fohrman
Founder and Lead Scholar
Human history doesn’t start out too great. In the first generation, Adam and Eve eat from the Tree of Knowledge. In the second generation, Cain kills his brother Abel. In both of these stories, God punishes the guilty parties, but He doesn’t kill them. Adam, Eve, and Cain all live on with the opportunity to be better people in the future.
Then we get to the 10th generation of mankind, and instead of just punishing the evil people, God decides to wipe out civilization and start from scratch with Noah. Sure, the world is filled with evil and corruption, but isn’t that a little drastic? Was there really no way to fix the problems?
In this video onParshat Noach, Rabbi Fohrman explores why God had no choice but to press the reset button. It turns out that the secret to understanding the true failures of this generation is hidden in the Torah’s brief description of Noah’s birth.