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With the understanding we have learned, we need not wonder why HaShem/Elokim promised to eradicate the establishment He had made, when, in the event, He did not do so. While mankind was not quiet entirely wiped out, the establishment, the structure of mankind, was. For this reason, too, the genealogy from Adam to Noach calls itself (Bereishit 5:1): “This is an account of the descendants of man.” The genealogy totals each individual’s life span, for the purpose of the genealogy is to relate the history of those individuals.
The purpose of the mabbul, however, is unconcerned with individuals. The purpose is to relate the development of the races of mankind, the nations into which the children of Noach were to be divided. Therefore, the genealogy is prefaced (Noach, Bereishit 9:18,19): “The three sons of Noach who emerged from the ark were Shem, Cham, and Yafet, and the descendants of these spread over the whole earth.
From “Mysteries of the Creation” by Rabbi Dovid Brown. We are studying from the following pages: pg. 134–136.
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