Parashat Noach / The Cure for Alienated Jews

The Bible’s humane hero is not one of the popular guys, is not normative when the norm involves idol worship, and fulfills the hope once cherished by mothers that their child will be a mensch. He is the parking lot attendant who tells his story as a parable of the human condition.

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The Bible does not believe in human beings, is not impressed by them. It even weighs the possibility that human culture is a mistake that might be irreparable and the possibility that humanity’s failure will...