In past sermons and classes I have been tough on Noah. Yes, this week the Torah defines him as “a righteous man in his generation,” but like many rabbis of the Talmud and since, I have always understood those words to mean that Noah was righteous only by the diminished moral standards of his own era and that during any other time he would have been considered ordinary at best. Did he argue with God to reconsider, the way Abraham did when God wanted to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? No. Did he warn his neighbors that there was a storm coming? No. Did he share his blueprints for the ark so others could build their own? Again, no. Sure, he follows God’s orders to build an ark, round up some animals, save his family, and ride out the storm. But that’s all he did and l have always blamed him for not doing more.
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