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Noach: A Righteous Man of the Earth

Like many characters in Tanach, Noach is singularly righteous and enigmatic. Often, in the descriptions of Biblical personalities, it is all too easy to read about flaws, mistakes, and shortcomings and lose sight of the greatness of these individuals. There is much to learn from Noach as highlighted in this week’s parsha, and there is a tremendous sense of validation that can be derived from a careful analysis of his deeds and misdeeds. Yet, it is also critically important to approach his story with humility and with the recognition that Noach was an “ish Tzadik,” a virtuous and incredibly spiritually connected man who spoke with God and who was chosen by God to be saved from the greatest destruction to ever befall the universe.