Daily Aliya for Noach, Shishi (6th Aliya)
Aliya Summary: Noach planted a vineyard, made wine, became drunk and fell into a deep drunken slumber — while naked. Noach’s son, Cham, saw his father naked, assaulted him, and informed his two brothers of their father’s state. The brothers, Shem and Yafet, modestly approached their father and covered him. When Noach awakened, he cursed Cham’s son, Canaan, and blessed Shem and Yafet. This section then names Noach’s seventy grandsons and great-grandsons, the antecedents of the “seventy nations,” and their adopted homelands.
There are at least five different periods during which nature did not behave as we know it today:
(1) The “time” before this world – previous worlds, assuming they existed, did not necessarily have the same laws of nature; (2) the indeterminable time of B’reishit – G-d’s act of Creation of something from nothing; (3) the Six Days of Creation, during which G-d commanded things to happen, no doubt in very different ways from the nature He also created; (4) the first 1656 years of this world, throughout the ten generations from Adam to Noach, when the laws of nature also seem to differ from what we experience today, (5) the “year” of the Flood. These “lapses” in the Rules of Nature can explain a variety of scientific issues related to time and the age of the earth… and everything in it.