Questioning faith in the parsha
No’ach 5771: REMEZ
Ch6, V 11: The earth became corrupt before God; the earth was filled with lawlessness.
RASHI: “VaTiSHaCHeT” — that is the language of sexual immorality… “ChaMaS,” the word means robbery, though in other forms, it is simply injustice.
SARNA: The universal corruption is further defined as “chamas.” This term parallels “no justice” in Job. 19:7, and is elsewhere the syonym of falsehood, deceit and bloodshed.
IBN EZRA: “lifnei HaElohim” –that is, they gtransgressed brazenly like a servant who defiantly sins in the presence of his master and is not afraid. Chamas is taking by force, in this case, wives.
HERTZ: “Chamas” — Ruthless outrage of the rights of the weak by the strong.
WOMEN’S COMMENTARY: In the Babylonian flood stories, the gods are angry at humankind because people have become a nuisance, disturbing the peace. Genesis, instead, makes unchecked human violence the reason for God’s drastic action of wiping out all living creatures — returning the world to primeval chaos.