Ask the Rabbi - Basic Concepts

Was the Flood Real?

Q: Did the Flood ever occur in history?

Q: Did the Flood (Mabul) ever occur in history? Was it a real event or just a metaphor/parable? According to an article on this website, the tale of Creation in Bereishit is not a scientific-historical narration, but a parable meant to teach spiritual truths. So can we say the same thing about the story of the Flood?

A: There are different opinions among the rabbis concerning the nature of the 

Flood and its historical accuracy. In any case, this is not a basic tenet of our faith.

Rabbi Oury Cherki

Rav Oury Cherki was born in Algeria in 1959 and grew up in France, and he made Aliyah in 1972. He studied at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, which was founded by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook. He performed his military service in the artillery branch of the IDF. He studied with Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, Rav Yehuda Leon Ashkenazi (Manitou), Rav Shlomo Binyamin and Achlag. Rav Cherki heads the Israeli department of Machon Meir, and he is the Director of Brit Olam - the Noahide World Center. He teaches in many places throughout Israel. Rav Cherki is the spiritual leader of the "Beth Yehuda" community in Kiryat Moshe (Jerusalem). He has written many books on Jewish thought and philosophy.

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