A Life with Purpose
Parashat Noach

Dena Weiss

When we think about Parashat Noah, we tend to think about the title character. We are interested in understanding why Noah was chosen, we want to know more about his experience building the ark, living in the ark, and emerging from it. However, part of the beauty of Noah’s story is that it is not only about him, it is also about all of the animals he brought with him onto the ark, two by two, seven and seven, the impure and the pure, who were saved and tended to by him during the flood. One animal in particular, the raven, is highlighted by Rabbinic literature as having a unique experience in the ark and having a different kind of interaction with Noah. Focusing on the raven’s story highlights a different dimension of what life was like during the flood and draws our attention to the tension between being sensitive to loss and the responsibility to move on from it.

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