Genesis 6 - Tavah / Ark

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Genesis 6


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תבת / תבה


 עֲשֵׂה לְךָ תֵּבַת עֲצֵי־גֹפֶר



By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


This Divrei Torah is offered in the loving memory of Rabbi Yehosuah Gutman and Yehosuah Goodman, may they rest in peace.


Bereisheit [Genesis] 6.14 Make, Construct, Build, Design, Assemble for yourself an Ark of Ceder Wood.


Build this Tavah [Box, Chest, Case] for yourself but invite others to join you.  What is the message?

Consider the cost of the Ark.  How would Noach pay for such an expensive project?  Where would he get the resources? Consider the design, the architectural skills required.  Had anyone built an ark before? What technical skills would be required for designing and constructing buildings the ark?  Think of the knowledge and skill required to build the ark.  How would Noach test the competency of the Ark?  After the ark was constructed what about navigating the ark


The Midrash Says that Noach began 120 years before the flood by planting trees.  He had to grow the trees to specific heights.  Noach would have to plant the trees and harvest them at the appropriate times.  How would he know how to do this? 


I cannot imagine.  Building a Sukkah does me in for several weeks.


At the top are two words Tay Vaht  in blue type and Tay Vawh in red type.  It is interesting that the introduction to the Tavah has a Tav in the beginning and at the End of the word.  The Letter Tav symbolizes Truth and Perfection.  The Letter Tav is often used to represent SIGN when attached to the beginning of a letter.  The center Letter Bet represents blessings, creation and duality or plurality.  So, it is interesting that the Letter Bet has the Letters Tav before and after.  It is also interesting to note that the animals etc. that were not clean came in two's, a male with a female.


During the period of time that the evil in the world were perishing, being drowned by water and being sweep away within the Tavah were the blessed!  The blessed were surrounded by perfection with a Tav on each side. The Letter Bet means house.  So lodged between each Tav was the house that housed the living, purified beings of the world.   They were the blessed!  What did they do to be selected to be among thoughts chosen to repopulate the earth? 


This was a dark time for most of the world.  The world had to be cleansed by water.  The world had to be immersed in a mikvah so to speak.   Yet there was light in the Tavah.  Noach was Instructed to place a Precious Stone in the top of the Tavah.  Light would emanate from this stone throughout the Tavah.  So when there was darkness all around there was light coming from this precious stone. 


rhæxo Tzoh Har means window, skylight and brightness, To be bright... To be clear...

I take this to mean that within the Tavah there was brightness and clarity.  There was no confusion.  Everyone had to look to the top of the Tavah for brightness and Clarity, i.e. to the precious stone, to Hashem!


This is a reminder that we should be careful to surround ourselves with purity.  We are the House... we are the Temple... We always need brightness and clarity. We should look up to Hashem, our Precious Stone.  There is a key word here.  It is the second word.


hc,[æTæ Tah Ah Seh means for us to MAKE a place in our Bet, our house for brightness for clarity.  It is our responsibility to make a place for the precious stone.


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel



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