The Mabul (Flood) and Migdal Bavel (the Tower of Babel)
are undoubtedly the two primary stories in this week's Parsha.
However, each of these two stories is preceded by a list of
genealogies which appear to be rather irrelevant. Why does Sefer
Breishit dedicate so much attention to "sifrei toladot" (list of
This week's shiur, [better known as the Migdal Bavel 'vort'],
serves as an introduction to our study of Sefer Breishit by
explaining how its "sifrei toladot" help to form its structure
and to develop its theme.
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