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  • Noach

    Jewish tradition is famously ambivalent about Noah. While Noah is praised in our parashah as "a righteous man; blameless in his age" who "walked with God," midrash complicates our understanding. According to Rabbi Judah, Noah was precisely blameless "in his age," but had he lived in future generations, he would not have been considered righteous. Similarly, while Noah "walked with God," midrash suggests that this designation is lesser than that of Abraham, who "walked before God." What then is Noah's failing and wherein lies the distinction between his character and Abraham's?


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