Noah, the father of modern man and the star of this week’s Parsha, is described to us in an unusual way. The story begins, “Noah was a righteous man, innocent (literally, unblemished) in his generation.” What does the Torah mean, “in his generation”? Either he was righteous and innocent or he wasn’t. Furthermore, who needs introductions? The Torah usually lets people’s actions speak for themselves. Abraham, for example, neither gets nor needs any introduction.
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