Rabbi Sherman’s Weekly Torah Commentary – October 23-24, 2020 (6 Cheshvan 5781)

October 23-24, 2020
6 Cheshvan 5781                                                                                    

Parashat Noach

Peer pressure doesn’t disappear after adolescence. We teach our children to make their own decisions rather than follow their friends, but perhaps that applies to adults as well. When others around us are doing good things, don’t we feel motivated to do good things as well? And when we see others around us misbehaving, does that give us permission to misbehave? No matter our age, the choices we make may be influenced by the actions of those around us.

Our Torah portion tells us that Noah was a righteous man in his generation. The Rabbis of the Talmud expound on what that means. Some say it means that Noah was righteous in his own generation but might not have been considered righteous compared to other generations. Others say it means Noah was righteous despite being surrounded by bad influences. Presumably, this would be the more difficult feat. Still others say that because he was righteous despite being surrounded by bad influences, this would make him even more righteous when compared to other generations!

Questions for Reflection:

  1. Is it more difficult to be righteous when you are surrounded by people who are doing good or people who are doing evil? What are some examples of each?
  2. Which is better – to be thought of as righteous when you are surrounded by wicked people, or to be thought of as righteous as compared to other righteous people?

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Rabbi Sherman