Noach 5778

God saw Man’s great evil… his heart-thoughts were nothing but evil.” This is the raw human state: potential to hurt. How does Noah react in this climate? He remained silent, innocent. We have other, more active, models of responding to evil (Abraham, Moses) – but there is also something to be learned from Noah’s calmness. Building a ship, a safe-space, a womb. This is an activism of listening, an activism of being, that complement and strengthens activism of doing. After the flood, God reflects, “Never again will I destroy the earth, for Man’s heart is evil from youth”. Nothing changed! The same human potential remains, but Noah’s quietness gives us strength to accept the world first, before seeking to fix it.

 

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[Inspired by: Genesis 6 and 8; Rashi on 5:29; Kedushat Levi on 6:9 and Likkutei Moharan II:7; Sonic Meditations by Pauline OliverosListening is Sacred Justice by Marisela Gomez; and Fischbild by Paul Klee.]

 

 

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One comment on “Noach 5778

  1. Thank you Josh, as usual

    2017-10-20 11:42 GMT+02:00 120 words of Torah :

    > joshkadosh posted: ” “God saw Man’s great evil… his heart-thoughts were > nothing but evil” This is the raw human state: potential to hurt. How does > Noah react in this climate? He remained silent, innocent. We have other, > more active, models of responding to evil (Abraham, Mos” >

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