Kenneth Cohen

Lessons from Tower of Bavel

The parallels between the incident of the Tower of Bavel, and the situation in the world, is very striking.

The motivation for the tower, was ונעשה לנו שם, “Let us make a name for ourselves.” It was a total negation that there was a god in control of the universe.

They believed that they had no accountability and they were free to do whatever they pleased. They thought that they could choose whatever morality they wanted. And they also believed they could outsmart the laws of nature.

Rashi explains that the existence of a tower that reached the heavens, would prevent a plague from scattering the population.

This foolishness was easily deflected by Hashem, when they no longer spoke the same language, and were, in fact, scattered all over the earth.

We see others in the past, like Titus, who insisted that G-d only had power in the sea, but not on earth. All Hashem had to do was send a gnat up the nose of Titus, to torment and defeat him.

The world today acts as if there is no god, and there is no accountability. There is no yardstick as to what is moral and decent. A new, perverted, definition of morality has emerged. The level of insanity, knows no bounds.

There will come a time, and hopefully soon, where the world will realize that there is a Master of the Universe, who will again rule over the world, and will show the path of real truth and real morality.

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at
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