Genesis 6:9 - 11:32

Isaiah 54:1 - 55:5

In this Torah portion, God punishes the wicked in the world by causing a giant flood. God saves Noah and his family, who will repopulate the world. We are also introduced to Abram and his wife, Sarai.


Parashat Noach: How Societies Collapse

The story of the flood is an object lesson in the kinds of crimes that pose existential social threats.

More on this Torah Portion

The Jewish Rainbow Connection

What’s the meaning behind the sign in the sky that God gives Noah?

Confounding Conformity

The story of the Tower of Babel makes a case for a multiplicity of languages and cultures.

Lessons Of The Flood

The story of the flood provides us with numerous insights into human nature and human relationships.

The Children Of Noah

As the children of Noah, we are challenged to follow his example.

The Miraculous Nature Of Covenant

God's covenant with Noah showed him and us the possibility of transforming the human condition of loneliness into the miracle of connection.

The Power of Language

How Noah and the Tower of Babel both revolve around the use and misuse of language.

The Earth Was Filled With Violence

What were the sins committed that caused the flood?

Towering Over Others

Global development means more than building and construction.

A Paradigm for Environmental Consciousness

Noah innovated a lifestyle of environmental awareness and action.

Noah in His Generation

Noah responded to his community as he experienced it.

Noah Vs. Abraham

Why the rabbis were more positive about the latter biblical figure.

Accessing God in a Man-Made World

There is no need to ascend to heaven--or build a tower--to find God.

A Common Language

The creation of many languages raises questions about communication today.

Biblical Affirmative Action?

The talmudic discussion of Noah's righteousness sheds light on our understanding of leveling the playing field.

Noah and the Difference Between Blameless and Righteous

When Jews did not have power, our righteousness was synonymous with blamelessness. How do we define righteousness today, in an age in which Jews do possess power?

Protecting Biodiversity: A Covenant With Every Living Thing

The importance of protecting biodiversity both for our survival and for our appreciation of God's presence in the world and the order of creation.

God Of Jews, God Of Humanity

The seven Noahide commandments mediate God's love for all of humanity and God's unique relationship with the Jewish people.

Flooded With Violence

Noah's response to the flood indicates that violence is an ingrained aspect to human nature that must be acknowledged and channeled for good.

Parashat Noach: Dreams Live On

While our loved ones are physically gone, they have willed their unfinished dreams to us.

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…

Like an ark, our families provide us with shelter and guide us through life.

How Hard Should We Discipline Our Children?

When guiding our children, we need to find a balance between extreme measures and more cautious ones.

When Life Changes

Noach: A resource for families

Challah for Parashat Noach

A dove and an olive branch.

Haftarah Noach

Isaiah 54:1-55:5 has several layers of metaphors alluding to the great flood.

Parashat Noach Quiz

Test your knowledge of this Torah portion.

Parashat Noach: Summary

A flood destroys all living creatures, aside from Noah, his family and the animals in their ark.