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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.

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