March 24, 2017 ~ Sh VAYAQHEL-PEQUDEI. M: BAYAT.
לפני האלהים ותמלא הארץ חמס - Why does it say that the land was
destroyed even prior to the flood? In Genesis 6, we read that
society was broken, because its members were engaging in "Hamas,"
translated as acts of violence, lawlessness or deception. The crimes
that saddened God most were the violations of social laws. In short, God
loses all hope, because people did not have basic respect for one
bringing the flood, He was merely trying to restart a world already
deemed irreversibly damaged. It wasn't until Noah, an upright and
righteous person, that God decided to reconsider His original plan. The
lesson that we learn from Noah's survival is that humanity only
continues to exist today in order to fix the mistakes of our
predecessors. Instead of living lives of Hamas, we, the descendants of
Noah, should only pursue lives of Hesed; kindness (Beth Torah, 11/5/16).