New York rabbi on why God destroyed the world in Genesis: People 'failed to see our shared divine image'

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"Now nan world was corrupt successful God's sight, and nan world was filled pinch violence" (Genesis 6:11).

This transition comes from nan Book of Genesis, nan first book of nan Bible. Genesis includes, among others, nan communicative of nan 7 days of creation, nan communicative of Adam and Eve and nan communicative of Noah's Ark. 

Tradition states that Moses was nan writer of Genesis. 

Readers of Genesis whitethorn beryllium confused arsenic to why God destroyed nan world pinch a flood aft his first effort astatine creation, New York-based rabbi Dr. Ari Lamm told Fox News Digital.

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Lamm is nan main executive of BZ Media, a group dedicated to "bringing together nan imaginative talent and philanthropic resources to nutrient nan champion Jewish and Israel content for mainstream Gen Z audiences and beyond."  

Genesis 6:11, which states that nan "earth was corrupt" and "filled pinch violence," provides a hint astir God's anger, said Lamm.

In Hebrew, nan connection utilized successful this verse is "chamas," which is often, but not always, translated into English arsenic "violence," he said. 

"I fishy they weren't excessively judge what nan connection meant," said Lamm. 

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The word's existent meaning is reasonably nuanced, he said. 

"Forms of nan connection ‘chamas’ look 60 times successful nan Bible. But different than present successful nan communicative of Noah, location are only 3 times successful nan Bible wherever it accompanies nan verb ‘malei,’ meaning ‘fill,’" he said. 

In different parts of nan Bible, "chamas" is translated to "theft," he said. 

"But moreover ‘theft’ misses immoderate important nuances," said Lamm. "The connection ‘chamas’ conveys a larger consciousness of callous disregard for others' humanity, not conscionable successful monetary matters."

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"So let's bring it backmost to Noah. Why did God destruct nan world? Not because of beingness violence, aliases moreover needfully because of theft," said Lamm. 

"But because of ‘chamas’ — treating others pinch contempt, failing to spot our shared divine image."

Once group began to dainty others pinch contempt, they "became tin of existent evil," said Lamm.

"The ancient rabbis told nan pursuing communicative astir nan procreation of nan flood. You'd spell to marketplace pinch a bucket of produce. Passerby would each casually bargain little than a penny's worthy from nan bucket. Too small to prosecute ... but capable truthful that by day's extremity you'd person nothing," he said. 

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Lamm said this communicative is 1 of his favorites, arsenic "it truthful poignantly gets astatine some nan ‘theft’ meaning and nan callous disregard for humanity: No 1 cared astir harming others." 

He added, "They conscionable didn't want to beryllium held responsible if they were caught!"

The lessons learned successful Genesis stay applicable to today, said Lamm.

"We should statesman resolving to dainty our chap citizens, sloppy of our disagreements, arsenic afloat partners successful our aspiration to amended nan American experiment, and guarantee our communal quality flourishing," he said. 

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