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I’m On a Boat (Noah)

Preview: Commentary on assorted observations, including: (1) “Flesh” (בשר) and “spirit”/”wind” (רוח) as twin “leading-words” in the story of Noach; (2) Why did Noach send the raven? Was it perhaps to procure food? Did Noach think he might be here indefinitely? Plus, intertextual links to Eliyahu’s ravens; (3) Subtle literary hints that Noach may have experienced life in the ark as life in “jail;” (4) Speculation on Terach’s motives for leaving Ur Kasdim.

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The Rain Song (Haazinu)

Preview: On the parallels between the song of Ha’azinu and the story of Noach.

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It’s a Generational Thing (Noah)

Preview: Noach’s parshah begins the same way Yitzchak’s does: אלה תולדות נח vs. אלה תולדות יצחק. But Noach’s parshah is traditionally called “Noach” while Yitzchak’s is traditionally called “Generations.” Why? Exploring the surprising parallels (and “anti-parallels”) between these two may highlight the critical distinction between these two great men.

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