Noach 5782

Saturday, October 9, 2021

The Midrash Rabbah (B"R 23:7) discusses the root "hey-chet-lamed" as it appears in various places throughout the first two parshios. R' Simmon explains that the root's implication is to rebel in the following three places: 1)"az huchal likro b'shem Hashem"; 2)"ki heicheil ha'adam"; 3)"hu heicheil lihiyot gibor". The Eitz Yosef explains each of the three verses. Verse 1) refers to when Mankind began serving idols and straying from Hashem. Verse 2) introduces the story of the Bnei Elohim, which many commentators describe as a time when sexual immorality was rampant [see Bereishit 5782 for more]. Verse 3) is the Torah's description of Nimrod, the fierce hunter (10:8); he began to convince everyone to rebel against Hashem and promoted murder with his strength. Each of these are considered rebellions against Hashem and represent the three cardinal sins in Judaism. 


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