Parashat Noach - Genesis 6:9-11:32

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Our parashah begins in Hebrew with the phrase: 

אֵלֶּה תּוֹלְדֹת נֹחַ--נֹחַ אִישׁ צַדִּיק

"These are the offspring of Noach: Noach was a righteous man."

A large portion of the midrash seeks to explain the concept of the righteousness of Noach. How righteous was he? We also discuss how this helps us to understand Yeshua's teaching in Matthew 5:20 (For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven). Our focus in this parashah is understanding the concept of righteousness, and we conclude with a story of the midrash about Abraham mocking idolatry at a young age.


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