The second portion of the book of B’resheet/Genesis is Noach, which means “Noah/Restful”
Torah Portion: Genesis 6:9 – 11:32
Haftorah: Isaiah 66:1-24
Apostolic Writings: Matthew 24:36-44
You can read or listen to the portions below:
“Heaven is my throne,” says The LORD,
“and the earth is my footstool.
What kind of house could you build for me?
What sort of place could you devise for my rest?
Didn’t I myself make all these things?
This is how they all came to be,”
says The LORD.
“The kind of person on whom I look with favor
is one with a poor and humble spirit,
who trembles at my word.
Those others might as well kill a person as an ox,
as well break a dog’s neck as sacrifice a lamb,
as well offer pig’s blood as offer a grain offering,
as well bless an idol as burn incense.
Just as these have chosen their ways
and enjoy their disgusting practices,
so I will enjoy making fools of them,
and bring on them the very things they fear.
For when I called, no one answered;
when I spoke, they did not hear.
Instead they did what was evil in my sight
and chose what did not please me.”
Hear the word of The LORD,
you who tremble at his word:
“Your brothers, who hate you and reject you
because of my name, have said:
‘Let The LORD be glorified,
so we can see your joy.’
But they will be put to shame.”
That uproar in the city,
that sound from the temple,
is the sound of The LORD repaying
his foes what they deserve.
Before going into labor, she gave birth;
before her pains came, she delivered a male child.
Who ever heard of such a thing?
Who has ever seen such things?
Is a country born in one day?
Is a nation brought forth all at once?
For as soon as Tziyon went into labor,
she brought forth her children.
“Would I let the baby break through
and not be born?” asks The LORD.
“Would I, who cause the birth,
shut the womb?” asks your G-d.
Rejoice with Yerushalayim!
Be glad with her, all you who love her!
Rejoice, rejoice with her,
all of you who mourned for her;
so that you nurse and are satisfied
by her comforting breast,
drinking deeply and delighting
in the overflow of her glory.
For The LORD says, “I will spread shalom
over her like a river,
and the wealth of nations
like a flooding stream;
you will nurse and be carried in her arm
and cuddled in her lap.
Like someone comforted by his mother,
I will comfort you;
you will be comforted.”
Your heart will rejoice at the sight,
your bodies will flourish like newly sprouted grass.
It will be known that the hand of The LORD
is with his servants; but with his enemies, his fury.
For — look! — The LORD will come in fire,
and his chariots will be like the whirlwind,
to render his anger furiously,
his rebuke with blazing fire.
For The LORD will judge all humanity
with fire and with the sword,
and those slain by The LORD will be many.
“Those who consecrate and purify themselves
in order to enter the gardens,
then follow the one who was already there,
eating pig meat, reptiles and mice,
will all be destroyed together,” says The LORD.
“For I [know] their deeds and their thoughts.
“[The time] is coming when I will gather together all nations and languages. They will come and see my glory, and I will give them a sign. I will send some of their survivors to the nations of Tarshish, Pul, Lud (these are archers), Tuval, Greece and more distant coasts, where they have neither heard of my fame nor seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory in these nations; and they will bring all your kinsmen out of all the nations as an offering to The LORD — on horses, in chariots, in wagons, on mules, on camels — to my holy mountain Yerushalayim,” says The LORD, “just as the people of Isra’el themselves bring their offerings in clean vessels to the house of The LORD. I will also take cohanim and L’vi’im from them,” says The LORD.
“For just as the new heavens and the new earth that I am making will continue in my presence,” says The LORD, “so will your descendants and your name continue.
“Every month on Rosh-Hodesh
and every week on Shabbat,
everyone living will come
to worship in my presence,” says The LORD.
“As they leave, they will look on the corpses
of the people who rebelled against me.
For their worm will never die,
and their fire will never be quenched;
but they will be abhorrent
to all humanity.”
[“Every month on Rosh-Hodesh
and every week on Shabbat,
everyone living will come
to worship in my presence,” says The LORD.]
“But when that day and hour will come, no one knows — not the angels in heaven, not the Son, only the Father. For the Son of Man’s coming will be just as it was in the days of Noach. Back then, before the Flood, people went on eating and drinking, taking wives and becoming wives, right up till the day Noach entered the ark; and they didn’t know what was happening until the Flood came and swept them all away. It will be just like that when the Son of Man comes. Then there will be two men in a field — one will be taken and the other left behind. There will be two women grinding flour at the mill — one will be taken and the other left behind. So stay alert, because you don’t know on what day your Lord will come. But you do know this: had the owner of the house known when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you too must always be ready, for the Son of Man will come when you are not expecting him.