- Noach was a
Righteous Man: A person who Acts in accordance to Ethical Standards of Divine (or Moral)
- He was
Perfect in his Generations: “Tammim” or Flawless in his Thoughts, in particular as to his
- Noach Walked
with G-D: He did not question G-D’s motives he was Faithful as to G-D’s supremacy.
“The Berditchiver Rebbe remarked that Righteous People are
able to perceive positive qualities in even the most negative of situations.
From everything that they encounter, they learn how to serve G-D better”
“Noach epitomized this ability to channel negative forces
into positive forces, and we learn this from Noach’s name. In Bereishit 6:8 we
learn that Noach found “chen”(favor) in the eyes of G-D. When we
spell Noach’s name in reverse; nun-chet becomes chet-nun or Chen-favor”.
And Noach begot three sons (6:10)2
It is said that a Man is judged by the conduct of his
children. Following this logic, when we learn that Noach was a Righteous Man,
Perfect in his generation (Tammim) and that he walked with G-D; We learn
through Noach’s three sons the separate attributes for which we should
- Shem: Name,
for the sake of G-D should we pursue
- Cham: Warmth,
with genuine feeling should we fulfill
our conduct, and not mechanically.
Beauty, with attention to the fine points, consideration and with beauty.
Now the earth was corrupt before G-D, and the earth
became full of Robbery. And G-D saw the earth, and behold it had become
corrupted, for all flesh had corrupted its way on the earth. (6:11-12)4
- In the Art of
Amazement by Rabbi Seinfeld we are taught that G-D flows his bounty upon us
like a father doting upon his children.
- That we as
G-D’s children, are receptacles of G-D’s love and bounty, like a glass is a
receptacle to water. At some point however, the glass becomes full, yet the
bounty from G-D continues upon us.
- How then is
our receptacle able to continue to receive of G-D’s bounty, without it’s
overflowing and drowning us?
- The key
herein is our ability to bestow upon others. Bestowing upon others takes the
bounty bestowed upon us and directs it to others, through acts of kindness and
- Rashi (Ibid,
7:12) in his quote of the Midrash teaches us that the “Waters” which fell from
Heaven, were beneficial rains.
- This action
of bestowing upon others, releases the water from our glass. The more water
which we let out … the more water which we can receive.
- In other
words, by acting as a conduit of G-D’s bestowment, and bestowing upon others
through our capacity, our glass never overflows to the point of our detriment.;
and since G-D’s love is an energy of renewal which must continuously flow (rain
down upon us), then we in turn must continuously channel this energy through
Mitzvoth (Good Deeds).
“Jewish tradition teaches that the Human Being is the
beneficial recipient of Creation, and that it is upon him/Man, that G-D bestows
all of His bounty of Creation.”
“Talmud (Sanhedrin, 37a) teaches that Man was created
singly”, “One Human Being, Man, both Male and Female did He create them”. The
implication herein is that “the Divine power of creation, that G-D pours into
Man’s soul specifically take sthe form of the ability to create other human
Referring back to our imagery of our “cup”: “the bestowing
of G-Dliness into our cup can only be bestowed upon others through the romantic
relationship between males and females”
According to the Midrash (Kallah Rabbati 2:7); the sin of
the generation of the flood was pouring out their seed in vain through the
widespread commission of sexual offenses.
“To take only the pleasure and joy inherent in this
relationship and cast aside the creation of life is an act of spiritual perversity.
All of the Torah sources that associate the Flood with sexual perversity are
expressing a single common thesis: that the people of the flood generation
established romantic/sexual relationships solely for the intense
physical/psychological gratification for which they offer.”
“As the sexual/romantic relationship became separated from
the ideas of procreation and nurturing, it ceased to matter whether such
relationships were heterosexual or other. Measured purely in terms of pleasure
and joy there is no reason to prefer any particular romantic relationship over
another. With the separation of romance from procreation, the Divine Energy
contained within this bond is considered “spilled in vain”.
Continuing to the Act of Theft: We find that the Talmud (Sanhedrin,
108a) stating that the final edict promulgating the flood; was Theft, in the
total lack of appreciation of the sanctity of that which belongs to another.”
“Harnessing the happiness afforded by romantic relationships
to produce more human beings is the spiritual equivalent of reciting a
“The consumption of romantic relationships in the way that
G-D intended has the marvelous effect of converting human pleasure into a
source of divine blessing.”
“Taking enjoyment from pouring out one’s seed is the exact
reverse. The person who takes pleasure offered and uses it merely to stimulate
themselves, stops the flow of Divine Energy. They extinguish life by engaging
in the very activity designed to produce life - He spills the seed of life out
of the cup that was designed to hold it at the very second that the precious
fuel of life is poured.”
“This is the most serious form of theft, because it deprives
both G-D and Mankind. It deprives G-D the ability to exert His attribute of
Benevolence; and it deprives Man of the increased happiness available through
intensifying the flow of Divine Blessing”
Make for yourself an Ark of Gopher Wood; you shall make
the ark with compartments, and you shall caulk it both inside and outside with
Clean and Not Clean (7:2)3
- In describing
the “clean” and the “not clean” animals; the words “not clean” are utilized
instead of “unclean or dirty” because we are being taught to use only positive
descriptions which allows the object or person being described, and ourselves,
to realize that we can always rise from our state of “not being clean” to one
of being “Clean”.
- If however,
we had characterized someone or something as unclean, then that would have been
an indication of its natural state, from which one cannot rise.
- Therefore it
is proper, when describing a person or object to denote them as either having a
positive quality or of having as of yet attained this positive quality.
- Therefore we
always seek to find the Goodness with our fellow Man, and speak upon such.