GrowTorah Core Value: Tzedakah
Lesson Title: Seeding a Community
In Parshat Noach Hashem tells Noach to build an ark for the upcoming flood. Noach builds an ark and collects all species of animal to preserve during the flood. After the flood Hashem makes a brit with Noach and future humanity with a rainbow as a sign. Noach plants a vineyard and becomes a worker of the land.
How does the description of Noach in this verse contrast with his better known reputation in the context of the flood?
- first protecting/saving, now rebuilding
- change in identity
- tilling as a repetition from Bereishit, "To till and tend"
How does Noach's role compare with Adam's actions in the Garden of Eden?
- Genesis 2.15 "To till it and tend it", Genesis 1.28 "fill the earth and master it"
What activities that we've done in our own gardens do you think Noach also had to do?
- sowing, planting, weeding, harvesting
Living the Lesson
What was Noach's intentions in beginning to plant?
-to fill/rebuild the earth; natural inclination; to settle the land
How are we carrying on his legacy in our gardens?
-we are not only planting for selling/sustenance, but for learning and growth
-multiple reasons to plant gardens
-dependent on us to be responsible for the earth
GrowTorah Core Value: Cultivating compassion for all creatures
Lesson Title: Caring for the Animals of the Ark
How did Hashem's instructions to Noach account for the diversity of animals aboard the Ark?
- proper preparation and instructions
Do we see similar preferences of different creatures for certain foods in our gardens?
- birds vs bugs
How is Noach exercising compassion for creatures with his food selection?
- diverse diets leads to healthy and happy animals
- one does not fit all
What does this teach us about proper care and respect towards animals?
- monocropping and corn to farm animals
How did Noach's care for the animals aboard the ark fulfill Hashem's command to him?
- giving the animals multiple option for food for the healthiest diet
- nourishing and caring for the animals, going above and beyond
Living the Lesson
In our gardens, how can we emulate Hashem through our consideration for other creatures?
- how do we humanely deal with pests and bugs?
- what are ways to avoid killing bugs in the garden?
What does this midrash teach us about working within God's boundaries?
How can we make sure to give the garden the nutrients that it needs?