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Stop the Flow Before the Flood

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Actually, after the Torah reading from last week, the story of Noah and the great flood began. God concluded that moral decay in man had reached its peak at that point. He decided to start over by wiping out all of humanity and the entire world. In the first verse of this week's reading, He commands the prophet Noah, the sole righteous person of his age, to start building an ark that will save his family and all the numerous species of animals.

Noah had 120 years to build this life-saving vessel. According to the Talmud (Sanhedrin 108b), G-d planned a 120-year public spectacle to mark the completion of Noah's construction endeavour. 

People would invariably inquire about Noah's whereabouts, which would offer him an opportunity to inform them of the coming deluge and implore them to alter their behaviour to avert the devastation.

Sadly, no one heeded his warnings. Why did no one pay attention to his message is confusing. Why didn't anyone turn away from wickedness and corruption gave Noah's continuous efforts and the skeleton of the Ark's warning that the evil into which they had fallen would destroy the world? Given his reputation as a prophet and a righteous person, Noah was able to accurately describe G-intention. 

However, despite numerous generations of youngsters asking their parents about the large ark that Noah was building and about his prophecy over more than a century, nobody seemed to pay attention to his message. Nobody altered their behaviour, not even as the flood rains started to pour and the prophecy's reality started to emerge.

Because they were unable to change, the people didn't change. Their obstinate resistance for 120 years demonstrated the extent of their wickedness. The wicked do not repent even at the gates of purgatory, according to the Talmud (Eruvin 19). Even though you realise your conduct is incorrect and declare that you wish to change, habits might develop to the point where you are unable to do so.

the intensity of the generation of Noah. They can usually be modified, although it's not always simple. The stubbornness of that generation serves as a reminder to all of us to exercise caution in how we act and refrain from developing harmful habits. It gets harder to break a pattern the more ingrained an action is.

Although we are aware that our behaviour is incorrect, the problem we face is that our actions do not always follow. The way to living what you preach is to practise, according to the Mishna's sages (Avos 3:22), "All whose acts are more than their wisdom, their wisdom will endure." Additionally, keep practising.

Find a way to use whatever newfound wisdom you come across. Commit to a simple, little improvement and stick with it. Your profound insight about how to live a more purposeful, joyous, spiritual existence will persist and stick with you for the rest of your life if your good acts and those small improvements become habits over time.

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