​​​​​​​​This Week's Torah Thought

From Rabbi Zylberman

Two stories dominate this week’s Torah portion: Noah’s Ark and the Tower of Babel. Each narrative describes a deeply flawed society. The Flood is unleashed in response to a world filled with violence and anarchy, where each person pursues his or her own personal gain, regardless of the costs to others; The Tower of Babel is destroyed and the people are scattered because they were forced to unite under a tyrannical regime that arrogantly sought to advance society in a monolithic way, without regard for individuals or respect for difference. It is only with the arrival of Abraham and Sarah that we begin a journey toward a world based on the pursuit of the collective good coupled with respect for the dignity of the individual. As Abraham and Sarah’s heirs, may we continue their journey, and in so doing, may we help perfect the world in the ways God intended: for each of us and for us all.

Shabbat Shalom,


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