Torah Portion for this Shabbat is Noach

The Torah portion for this Shabbat is Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32). It tells the story of Noah and the great flood, and of the Tower of Babel.

The Haftarah is Isaiah 54:1-55:5. It contains a long poem promising God’s favor and willingness to forgive. It refers to the story of Noah in 54:9: “As I swore that the waters of Noah/ Nevermore would flood the earth,/ So I swear that I will not/ Be angry with you or rebuke you.”

This painting of Noah’s Ark (1846) is by the U.S. folk painter Edward Hicks.