Shabbat Shalom with a Heart Healthy Dose of Torah – Noach
This will be short and sweet. The Noah start breeds tons of commentary. One sees Noah and the ark on walls of nurseries all over the world. Some argue about how righteous Noah was or was not; one can read the story to make him a hero or a thoughtless mongrel. For me, I cannot get past the impact that evil behaviors have on the innocent.
The people were all (presumably even children) behaving so badly that a loving and benevolent God lost hope in humanity. While that is a whole other conversation, one has to point out the impact on nature and the animal kingdom. Imagine being the third salamander in line to get on the ark. As you approach, Noah says, “I have my quota of salamanders. You are going to drown, bye.”
We can never believe that our behavior doesn’t matter. We must always behave in ways that care for everyone because anything we do impacts everyone.