Noach October 19, 2017

We’ve just rewound the Torah to Genesis, and look how quickly we are moving!  We’ve already moved past the days of Creation, Adam and Eve, and Cain and Abel. Now onto the Flood story and the Tower of Babel. At the beginning of this week’s  parasha (Torah portion), we learn something of the character of Noah.  We are told: “Noach ish tzaddik. Tamim haya b’dorotav.” (Gen 6:9) This is often translated as “Noah was a righteous man. In his generation, he was wholehearted.” But the word tamim, translated here as “wholehearted” can also mean innocent, pure, unblemished, and simple, as in the Passover Haggadah’s  “simple son.” At Friday night services this week, I will expound upon this theme, considering what the Torah may have been telling us about why God chose Noah and what this may imply for us in our time.