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It is now ten generations since the creation of the first
Adam's descendants have corrupted the world with immorality, idolatry
and robbery, and G-d resolves to bring a flood which will destroy
all the earth's inhabitants except for the righteous Noach, his family
and sufficient animals to re-populate the earth.
G-d instructs Noach to build an ark in which to escape the flood.
After forty days and nights, the flood covers the entire earth, even the
tops of the highest mountains. After 150 days, the water begins to recede.
On the 17th day of the 7th month, the ark comes to rest on Mount Ararat.
Noach sends forth a raven and then a dove to ascertain if the waters have
abated. The dove returns. A week later, Noach again sends the dove,
which returns the same evening with an olive leaf in its beak.
After seven more days, Noach once again sends forth the dove,
which this time, does not return.
G-d tells Noach and his family to leave the ark.
Noach brings offerings to G-d from the animals which were carried
in the ark for this purpose. G-d vows never again to flood the
entire world and gives the rainbow as a sign of this covenant.
Noach and his descendants are now permitted to eat meat, unlike Adam.
G-d commands the Seven Universal Laws:
The prohibition against idolatry, adultery, theft, blasphemy, murder,
eating the meat of a living animal, and the obligation to set up a legal system.
The world's climate is established as we know it today.
Noach plants a vineyard and becomes intoxicated from its produce.
Ham, one of Noach's sons, delights in seeing his father drunk
and uncovered. Shem and Yafes, however, manage to cover their
father without looking at his nakedness, by walking backwards.
For this incident, Canaan is cursed to be a slave.
The Torah lists the offspring of Noach's three sons from whom
the seventy nations of the world are descended. The Torah records
the incident of the Tower of Bavel, which results in G-d
fragmenting communication into many languages and the
dispersal of the nations throughout the world.
The Parsha concludes with the genealogy of Noach to Avram.