It's possible that I have chemo on my mind because of the bima ima's son Sam and his struggle to recover from leukemia, which his parents have been documenting on the blog Superman Sam. Sam's first remission ended six months ago, and now he has been recovering from BMT, a bone marrow transplant, with the help of new strong, healthy cells.
Just a couple of months ago I heard former MK Dr. Arieh Eldad, MD, on television discussing the Torah Portion Balak, Numbers 22,2-25,9. G-d ordered the execution of the Jewish men consorting with Midianite women.
According to Eldad, this to him was a straight forward medical, preventative action to protect spiritual health of the rest of the Jewish People.
In this week's Torah portion, the survival of the human race depends on Noach and his family. It's risky. Noach was not a great leader. He was just the best there was of that generation.
There are both good and bad in this description. The good in Noach was that he was close to G-d. He wasn't a social person; he was solitary, which kept him from being corrupted by others. And the flipside was that Noach was incapable of influencing others to obey G-d.
ט אֵלֶּה, תּוֹלְדֹת נֹחַ--נֹחַ אִישׁ צַדִּיק תָּמִים הָיָה, בְּדֹרֹתָיו: אֶת-הָאֱלֹהִים, הִתְהַלֶּךְ-נֹחַ. 9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was in his generations a man righteous and whole-hearted; Noah walked with God.
After the flood, the Bible relates that the world was repopulated, but again made G-d angry. The remission had ended Genesis Chapter 11 בְּרֵאשִׁית. This time they united to challenge G-d and built a high, high tower.
Instead of destroying the humans, G-d decided to make it more difficult to conspire against Him by creating different languages, societies and cultures for them.
And here we are, thousands of years later, still suffering from that punishment of communication difficulties. G-d willing we will use communication for good and not for bad, worship G-d and obey and obey His laws.