Staying Afloat in a World of Loss
Parashat Noach

Aviva Richman

Parashat Noah hurls us into confrontation with the fact that creating life is difficult, bound up in disappointment and loss. The resounding focus on loss of life in the Flood at the beginning of the parashah reemerges in a more contained and subtle way, as the end of the parashah relates that Avram and Sarai could not bear children. These two accounts of disappointment and loss in creating life that are bookends of Parashat Noah—in epic proportions and on the scale of one couple’s journey with infertility—inform each other, and guide us in navigating loss and cultivating resilience in our own lives.

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Staying Afloat in a World of Loss
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