10-08-2021 Updated Audio
Parashat Noach tells the stories of the Flood and Noah’s Ark, of Noah’s subsequent drunkenness and cursing of Canaan, and of the Tower of Babel.
In the Haftorah, Isaiah assures the Jewish people that G‑d has not forsaken them. Although He has momentarily hid His countenance from them, He will gather them from their exiles with great mercy.
In the Apostolic Writings, Messiah likens the coming day of Judgement to the Flood.
The second portion of the book of Beresheet/Genesis is Noach, which means “Rest.” This is the 2nd Torah Portion.
Torah: Genesis 6:9-11:32
Haftorah: Isaiah 54:1-55:5
Apostolic: Matthew 24:36-44
You can read or listen to the portions below:
“Sing, barren woman who has never had a child!
Burst into song, shout for joy,
you who have never been in labor!
For the deserted wife will have more children
than the woman who is living with her husband,” says HaShem.
Enlarge the space for your tent,
extend the curtains of your dwelling;
do not hold back, lengthen your cords,
make your tent pegs firm.
For you will spread out to the right and the left,
your descendants will possess the nations
and inhabit the desolated cities.
Don’t be afraid, for you won’t be ashamed;
don’t be discouraged, for you won’t be disgraced.
You will forget the shame of your youth,
no longer remember the dishonor of being widowed.
For your husband is your Maker,
HaShem-Tzva’ot is his name.
The Holy One of Isra’el is your Redeemer.
He will be called the G-d of all the earth.
For HaShem has called you back
like a wife abandoned and grief-stricken;
“A wife married in her youth
cannot be rejected,” says your G-d.
“Briefly I abandoned you,
but with great compassion I am taking you back.
I was angry for a moment
and hid my face from you;
but with everlasting grace
I will have compassion on you,”
says HaShem your Redeemer.
“For me this is like Noach’s flood.
Just as I swore that no flood like Noach’s
would ever again cover the earth,
so now I swear that never again
will I be angry with you or rebuke you.
For the mountains may leave and the hills be removed,
but my grace will never leave you,
and my covenant of peace will not be removed,”
says HaShem, who has compassion on you.
“Storm-ravaged [city], unconsoled,
I will set your stones in the finest way,
lay your foundations with sapphires,
make your windows shine with rubies,
your gates with garnet, your walls with gemstones.
All your children will be taught by HaShem;
your children will have great peace.
In righteousness you will be established,
far from oppression, with nothing to fear;
far from ruin, for it will not come near you.
Any alliance that forms against you
will not be my doing;
whoever tries to form such an alliance
will fall because of you.
It is I who created the craftsman
who blows on the coals and forges weapons
suited to their purpose;
I also created the destroyer to work havoc.
No weapon made will prevail against you.
In court you will refute every accusation.
The servants of HaShem inherit all this;
the reward for their righteousness is from me,”
“All you who are thirsty, come to the water!
You without money, come, buy, and eat!
Yes, come! Buy wine and milk
without money — it’s free!
Why spend money for what isn’t food,
your wages for what doesn’t satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and you will eat well,
you will enjoy the fat of the land.
Open your ears, and come to me;
listen well, and you will live —
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
the grace I assured David.
I have given him as a witness to the peoples,
a leader and lawgiver for the peoples.
You will summon a nation you do not know,
and a nation that doesn’t know you will run to you,
for the sake of HaShem your G-d,
the Holy One of Isra’el, who will glorify you.”
“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.”