This week's Parsha is the story of Noah and the Flood. No doubt a story influenced by ancient flood stories such as the Gilgamesh Epic. As far as we know this is the first flood myth where the one God intervenes in the affairs of humanity.
5 "The Ineffable Creator saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time."
6 "The Ineffable Creator regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled."
Bringing on the flood was to be a reset of the creation of human beings. We learn how Noah, a righteous and plain human, was directed to be the instrument of the Divine, will for the continuation of life on earth. Considering our times and the greed, violence, dishonesty and distrust throughout the world and in our own country, the Noah story is a mirror to Ourselves.
For Rabbi Arthur Waskow, the Flood speaks to the threat of climate change, the result of corporate greed, the failure of our leaders, and our own complacency. From other Hassidic masters we are reminded that each of us is Noah. You and I are called upon to do something!
Just as the Ark housed Noah's family and all those animals, it is the Ark of our own bodies, minds and hearts that takes us forward toward change and redemption. With the Rainbow Convenant, the Creator establishes a covenantal relationship with humanity. But are we in danger of losing the Rainbow Covenant?
It seems that every generation slips into Babel consciousness. The challenge still remains: How can people with different voices and different needs engage in dialogues that lead to justice and peace?
May the Rainbow Covenant be Renewed Rosh Chodesh Tov, May your have a good and blessed new month, Reb David