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Righteousness is not Leadership
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The praise that Noah is accorded is unparalleled anywhere in Tanakh. He was, says the Torah, “a righteous man, perfect in his generations; Noah walked with God.” No such praise is given to Abraham or Moses or any of the prophets. The only person in the Bible who comes close is Job, described as “blameless […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Noach
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“Filling in the Blanks” The Torah is replete with inspiring stories of its heroes. The lives of Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and David, to name just a few, are narrated at great length and in vivid detail. Their noble acts and admirable accomplishments are described, and even their occasional faults or failures are not hidden from […]
Noach 1 – Rishon
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Noach (Noah) was a righteous person in an otherwise corrupt generation. The depravity ran the gamut from theft and violence to idolatry and adultery. G-d spoke to Noach about His plans to eradicate mankind, which was thoroughly incorrigible. He instructed Noach to build an ark, whose dimensions and manner of construction He communicated. G-d would […]
Noach 2 – Sheini
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Noach had been instructed to gather one pair of every non-kosher animal and seven pairs of every kosher animal. (That’s fourteen Guernsey cows and fourteen gazelles, not two or seven. Lots of people miss that.) He was also instructed to take seven pairs of each bird. Noach was 600 years old when he accomplished all […]
Noach 3 – Shlishi
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The flood raged for forty days. It covered the mountains and tossed the ark around. Everything on Earth perished except for the people and animals that were safely ensconced inside the ark. It may have rained for a “mere” 40 days, but the waters continued to churn for 150. At that time, G-d gave special […]