By: Robert Zohar (11th Grade)
This week's parsha, Parshat Noach, begins with the words “אֵ֚לֶּה תּוֹלְדֹ֣ת נֹ֔חַ נֹ֗חַ אִ֥ישׁ צַדִּ֛יק תָּמִ֥ים הָיָ֖ה בְּדֹֽרֹתָ֑יו,” explaining that Noach was a Tzaddik and an innocent person. The Pasuk could have just written the fact that Noach was a Tzaddik, but instead it furthers this by saying he was “Bedorotav," blameless in his generation. Was Noach not righteous enough to be a Tzaddik in any other generation? Hashem has His reasons for everything, and so too Hashem did not put Noach in any other generation on purpose. Everyone has a mission in this world and Noach could not have fulfilled his purpose if Hashem had not put him in this specific generation. Maybe Noach was not meant to be a Tzaddik in another generation, but he was definitely meant to be a Tzaddik in his own right during this time period. This is an important lesson we can apply to our lives. Every single person is particularly placed in the place and time that they are meant to be in so that they can complete their mission in the world. The Torah is teaching us that we are the light of our generations in our own special way.