In this epic teaching of the opening two parashot of the book of Genesis, B’reishith and Noach, Rabbi Richman reveals what went wrong with a world so perfectly created that G-d Himself declared “It was very good,” and how that world, within a span of ten generations descended into a miasma of human depravity, and the role that water played in the creation of the world, in the punishment of the wicked and in the redemption of the pure at heart.
What was King David’s connection to the hidden waters of the tahom – תהום – buried deep within the bowels of the earth, what is the role that these hidden waters will play in the future redemption of all mankind, and how is this redemptive process presaged and choreographed in the awesome celebration of the Water Libation enacted each day of the Sukkot pilgrimage festival in the Holy Temple?
B’reishith-Noach (Genesis 1:1-11:32)
Parashat B’reishith-Noach is read on Shabbat:
Rosh Chodesh MarCheshvan, 5774/October 5, 2013