GLOBAL FLOODING by Rabbi Baruch Cohon

So there was this old man named Noah and he had an obsession.  He kept telling people the climate was changing and they might get drowned.  He even built a huge boat in his backyard.  He had to have a giant backyard, of course, because that “ark” was 450 feet long with a 75-foot beam and 45 feet high.  No small craft. When his neighbors laughed at him – because there was no river or lake around there – he just said “if you’re smart you’ll build one too.” 

Well, the flood happened.  The Book of Genesis describes it quite graphically.  And Noah was able to save his family, and many animals and birds too.  No one else survived. 

Question: if more people built arks like Noah’s, would the flood still happen? 

Of course it would.  No matter how many arks they would build.  But more creatures would live.

Climate change happens every few eons.  Human activity might speed it or slow it, but it won’t prevent it.  Even if we consider Noah’s flood a synonym for the ice age, it represents a cycle in natural history.  Like the account in Genesis, we can blame each other for climate change but we cannot stop it.  In Noah’s time it was forty days of rain.  Today it might be drought and tornadoes.   Like Noah’s contemporaries, modern humans are aggravating the damage of climate change.  Maybe future generations of humans and animals will gradually adapt to higher temperatures on land and sea.  Meanwhile, our “ark” could be cleaner energy sources.  Can we learn enough from the story of Noah to slow down the climatic cycle – and survive?

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