Saturday, October 2, 2010

Righteous in his generation


[Bereishit 6:9 says that Noach was "righteous in his generation."]

"'In his generation' - Rabbi Yehudah and Rabbi Nechemiah disagreed.

"Rabbi Yehudah said: He was righteous for his generation, but had he been in the generation of Moshe or Shemuel he would not have been considered righteous....

"Rabbi Nechemiah said: If he was righteous in his generation, his righteousness would have been all the greater [alternatively: it is all the more certain that he would have been righteous] in the generation of Moshe or Shemuel."

(Midrash, Bereishit Rabbah 30:9)

Have a great day,

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