Sunday, October 06, 2013

Sticking Up For Noach

Every year there is an idea that I hear over and over on the parsha.  This was the vort of this year for Noach:

"MiPnei May HaMabul" (Perek Zayin, Pasuk Zayin). The Pasuk tells us that Noach, his sons, his wife and his son's wives entered the tevah before the waters came. Why does the Torah find it necessary to tell us something so obvious, of course they went into the tevah before the waters came. Rashi explains that Noach was from "Kutnei Emunah", people of little faith. He didn’t believe the Mabul would come until the water actually came to his knees. This Rashi is difficult to understand. Noach was a Gadol, a leader of his generation, how can it be that he had very little faith. He wasn’t a man of little faith. If you read the words of Rashi just a little differently the meaning is completely different. "Af Noach B’kutnei Emunah Haya Mamin ", Noach believed in those people who had very little faith. He believed they would do Teshuva. "V’eino Mamin Shyavo HaMabul" and he didn’t believe the Mabul would come. Hashem had already said that if they did Teshuva the waters would become "Mayim Shel Bracha", water of Bracha. That is why Noach did not go into the tevah until the waters came, because he was waiting for the people of his generation to do Teshuva. - From Rabbi Mordechai Rosen ZTL


Blogger uriyo said...

Thanks! I hadn't heard this before.

October 7, 2013 at 1:04 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

It's weird - it was new to me but I kept hearing it this year. I heard it may be the Kedushat HaLaeivi. Then I heard what the Kedushat haLevi says is something else - that saying Noach was small in faith means that he did not believe in himself and that he could influence the other people.

October 7, 2013 at 12:18 PM  

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