Keyword Browse           
Jun. 23, 2017 - 29 Sivan 5777
Daf Yomi Bava Basra 152
5673/1913  Rav Shlomo Dana - Shalmei Toda of Tunis

5684/1924  Rav Yaakov Yisroel Dehaan

 
 
bracha search
Recently Viewed Bracha
Cereals Made from Rice Flour
Sunflower Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Ale
 
ASK
Pesach - Microwave
Tzavas R' Yehuda HaChasid
Passover-I Don't Speak Hebrew
Ancestry
>>go to site
 
Revach Lists
Names Of Moshe Rabbeinu
7 Names Of Yisro
10 Reasons for Blowing the Shofar
5 Reason Why We Dip Apples In Honey
 
Shiur
RN"K Who Is A Good Wife by Rabbi Mordechai Appel
Acharei Mos by Rabbi Mordechai Appel
Parshas Tzav/Zachor 5771 by Rabbi Mordechai Appel
>>go to site
 

Tehilim List
Submit names to be said at the Kosel HaMaaravi.  Please join us in saying Tehilim 32 for:

submit names

RSS Feeds
Today's Revach
Daf Yomi
Chumash
Halacha
Stories
613 Mitzvot
Headlines
 
[view all articles in this category]

Section:  Avodah   Category: Chanoch L'Naar
Noach, The Perfect Tzaddik With Imperfect Children
The Torah calls Noach a tzaddik, but not only that, he is called a tzaddik Tamim, complete and perfect.  The very next pasuk tells us that Noach had three sons, Shem, Cham, and Yafes.  Cham as we all know was a Rasha.  Can a father of a Rasha be called perfect.  Is this Rasha son in no way a reflection on him and a stain on his record?

The beginning of the pasuk starts, "Eileh Toldos Noach, Noach", the offspring of Noach was Noach.  A Mashal is given about a father who works night and day and earns more money than he needs to live.  When asked why he doesn't retire, he replies that he is working for the next generation.  Fast forward 20 years to a hard working young man, the rich heir to his father's sweat an blood.  Why does he work?  For the next generation of course!  This repeats itself generation after generation.  Will any of them ever stop and do something useful with their life after accumulating seven generations of wealth that is just sitting in the bank?

Noach did not live for his children.  His "baby" was himself.  He worked on himself to reach perfection.  Does that mean that he didn't care about his kids?  Chas V'Shalom!  The next words of the pasuk are "Ish Tzaddik".  Noach was a tzaddik.  A tzaddik is selfless.  He lives to give to the world.  Yosef was called a tzaddik as he supported the entire world through the years of famine, as did Noach in the Teivah.  This seems like a contradiction.  On one hand Noach lived for himself and on the other hand he was selfless and lived for others.

The answer may lie in the distinction of what one does for his children and why he does it.  When raising children there are two possible driving forces.  One because the child is our child and we live through them.  They are an extension of us and we see them as the ultimate reflection of ourselves.  We try to shape the children how we'd like ourselves to be.  This approach has more to do with ego than being a true parent and guardian of the Neshama that Hashem has entrusted us with.

The Torah approach is that raising children is just another mitzva that Hashem has sent our way.  It is a way of fulfilling his command and making ourselves a better people by doing this.  As Rav Shimshon Pincus writes, we are not placed in this world to change the world, it is Hashem's world and He will shape it as he wants, with or without our help.  We are here to shape ourselves into the perfect human being.  This is something that Hashem cannot do since He gave us Bechira, free choice.

By the same token our children have free choice and we cannot "make them" into anything.  We are commanded, as part of our own self betterment, to help others grow to the best they can be.  If we have made this effort then we have done our job to perfection.

Noach lived his life to perfection.  Eileh Toldos Noach Noach, he worked on Noach.  In the course of his work he was a tzaddik, he devoted himself to the others, including his three sons, the entire human race (before the Mabul), and the entire animal population (during the Mabul).  "Tamim Haya B'Dorosav", he achived perfection as he fulfilled his task completely, despite the fact that, "VaYoled Noach Shlosha Banim Es Shem Es Cham V'Es Yafes".  True they did not all turn out to be tzaddikim but in no way does that detract from Noach's perfection.  He did his job perfectly!
RELATED ARTICLES:chinuch  Noach  Parshas Noach  Shem, Cham, and Yafes  tzadik

<<Previous Article
Somewhere Over The Rainbow...
 Next Article>>
Parshas Noach: The Rainbow - A Miraculous Sign or A Natural Phenomenon?
 
send your commentsprintable versionemail to a friend

Tours
Revach Tours Now in Eretz Yisrael!

Revach L'Neshama is proud to announce that we have started offerring tours in Eretz Yisroel. If you'd like to see...read full story

Galus
Language From Mitzrayim all the way to Yeshivishe Talk

Chazal tell us that one of the reasons Bnei Yisroel merited to be taken out of Mitzrayim was that they...read full story

Innocent Observations
The Problem With Asking for Money

In the short list of qualifications for judges that Yisro told to Moshe Rabbeinu, two of them seem to be...read full story

Olam HaTorah
The Ponevezher Rov Teaches The Children How To Remember Their Name On Yom HaDin
One time when the Ponevezher Rov, Rav Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman, came to visit the children of the orphanage, as they...read full story

Mashal
The Donkey and the Dirt

A man came to his Rebbe crying that his donkey fell into a pit and he didn't know what to...read full story

Chanoch L'Naar
Rav Zalman Sorotzkin - The Hardest Challenge in Chinuch, When Everyone Does It!

Parshas Emor begins with the prohibition of Kohanim to defile themselves to a dead body. Hashem tells this to...read full story

Bnei Bayscha
Some Shidduch Questions From Rav Shmuel Rozovsky

One day a Yid from Yerushalayim traveled to Bnei Brak to ask the legendary Rosh Yeshiva of Ponevezh, Rav Shmuel...read full story

Gadlus
Rav Yaakov Edelstein - The Two Words He Wanted to Be Able to Speak

The Gaon and Tzaddik Rav Yaakov Edelstein was one of the most uniques Gedolim of our generation. He was one...read full story

Tefila

Aleinu L'Shabeiach - Before it is Too Late!

In ten days from now we will standing in Shul at the pinnacle of Tefila of the year, Musaf of...read full story

Likras Shabbos
Parshas Vayakhel: Sridei Eish - Building Shabbos & Building A Bais HaMikdash

Parshas Vayakhel talks almost exculsively about building the Mishkan, however the first few pasukim are about the Mitzva of Shabbos....read full story

Lessons in Tzedoka

Parshas Vayakhel: Rav Chaim Soloveitchik's Long Wait

"K'chu Mei'itchem Truma" take from them donations (Vayakhel 35:5). The pasuk before says that Moshe spoke directly to the...read full story

Emuna

The Joy that Mourning Brings to a Wedding
Shlomo HaMelech tells us in Koheles (7:2) "Tov Lalaches El Bais HaEivel MiLeches El Bais HaMishteh", it is better to...read full story

Ahavas Yisroel
Parshas Truma: Rav Moshe Shternbuch - Brilliant Colorful Diversity

Among the layers of the roof of the Mishkan was the Tachash. The Tachash was an animal with brilliantly...read full story

Gedolim Biographies
Reb Dovid of Lelov - Is It A Crime To Favor Your Own Child?
Reb Dovid was born in 1746 and was a talmid of Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk and later of the Chozeh of Lublin. ...read full story

Story Corner
The Chortkover Rebbe Sends Regards to Hashem in America

A man living in Vienna was struggling to support his family. He decided that his fortune lies overseas in the...read full story

Moshiach
Chofetz Chaim - Will Your Plaque in The Bais HaMikdash Bring You Eternal Pride or Shame?

The Chofetz Chaim (Shem Olam 1:17) says that whoever helped build the second Bais HaMikdash is listed in Sefer Nechemiah...read full story

Elul-Tishrei
Rav Leib Chasman - Personal Requests on Rosh HaShanah

Rosh HaShanah is the day the world was created and Hashem became King. Every year on this day we coronate...read full story

Rav Chatzkel

Rav Chatzkel Levenstein - First A Smack, The We Can Talk

Chazal tell us "Oy Lani MiYom HaDin, Oy Lanu MiYom HaTochacha", woe is to us from the day of punishment,...read full story

Around The Year
Tu B'Shvat - The Tragedy Of The Free Leaf

"Ki Hadam Eitz HaSadeh", a person is like a tree in the field. There are many comparisons between a...read full story

Kodesh
Shabbos is a Day of Three Kinds of Rest

By Mincha on Shabbos we say that Hashem gave us Yom Menucha, a day of rest. We then go...read full story

Eretz Yisroel
Parshas Shlach: Kotzker Rebbe - Impressions Of Eretz Yisroel

"Uri'isem Es HaAretz Ma Hi... HaTova He Im Ra'a... HaShmeina He Im Razah" (Shlach 13:18-20). Moshe Rabeinu tells the...read full story

Introduction
Shaarei Tzvi - Unlocking The Best Kept Secret In Megilas Esther

Every now and theb there is a Chazal that drops a bombshell, which changes everything you everything. Its implications...read full story

Postcards From Kotzk
Kotzker Rebbe On The Dormant Monster Within

The Yehudi HaKadosh MePishischa was a Chosid of the Chozeh of Lublin, until one day one of the elder statesmen...read full story

Mitzva Opportunity
Parshas Re'eh: Netziv - Feeling Your Own Pain
The Torah forbids us to harm ourselves in any way when mourning over the dead because we are a Holy...read full story

Ikvisa D'Mishicha
Reb Elchonon Wasserman's Last Drasha, We Are Saving The Yidden in America
Reb Elchonon Wasserman was one of the great pre-war Roshei Yeshiva in Europe.  He learned in Telz Yeshiva and joined...read full story

Perek Shira
Perek Shira: The Snake's Song - Taking a Plunge

No creature in history has taken a fall like the snake.  This once companion of man, with legs that would...read full story

Tehilim
Tehilim Perek 49: Beis Yisroel of Ger - Even Some Mitzvos Won't Go With You

Dovid HaMelech tells us in Tehilim (49:18) כִּי לֹא בְמוֹתוֹ יִקַּח הַכֹּל, when you die you won't take everything with...read full story

copyright © 2007 - 2010 Revach L'Neshama All Rights Reserved