Sunday, February 04, 2007

Daf Yomi - Taanis 27 - Floods - Never Again!!

The Gemora states that Avraham Avinu asked the Ribbono shel Olam by the Bris Bein Habesarim "Perhaps Klal Yisroel will sin before You and You will do to them like You did to the Generation of the Flood?" The Ribbono shel Olam responded that He will not.

The Maharitz Chayus asks the obvious question that Hashem had made an oath previously in the times of Noach that He will never again bring a flood to the world. What was bothering Avraham Avinu? He answers that Hashem's oath was specifically regarding a flood of water, however, He can destroy the world through other means, such as through fire.

The Sifsei Chachamim (Megillah 31a) answers based on Rashi (Shmos 1:10) that Hashem's oath was explicitly regarding a flood to the entire world, however, He can bring about a flood of water to a particular country or nation.