Noach 5776

Why was the Tower of Babel destroyed? The people of the world were distraught after the flood. Seeking to fill the existential emptiness within, they gathered together, found comfort in unity, and began to build an enormous tower. We all know the spiritual awe that enormity can evoke: vast deserts, majestic mountains, even cities and buildings. (Religious architecture often taps into this sense of awe.) But they got it wrong: instead of letting the tower make them small, putting their individuality in perspective before God and His universe, they saw themselves as enormously important too. “Let us build a tower… and make us a name,” they said, and were scattered around the world to learn that we don’t need to.


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