Believing and not believing - Religious Life

Believing and not believing

Parshat Noach, Genesis 6:9–11:32 | Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 8:32 am

The Torah tells us (chapter 7, v. 7) that Noach and his family went into the ark “because of the waters of the flood.” Rashi on this verse takes note of the superfluous words “because of the waters of the flood,” and says that Noach was one that had little faith in Hashem, and did not enter the ark until the waters of the flood forced him in. Rashi also refers to Noach as one who believed but really didn’t believe that the flood would come.

The obvious question is asked: How can we understand Rashi’s characterization of Noach being of little faith in light of the Torah describing Noach (at the beginning of this Torah portion) as “tzadik tamim haya b’dorosaf,” a righteous man, perfect in his generations?

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