My Torah portion discusses Noah and the ark. It also discusses other interesting aspects of this story. For instance, in the beginning of my portion, the Torah states that Noah was righteous as well as blameless in his time. I thought this was really interesting as it doesn’t necessarily mean that Noah was a good man.
This situation could have gone one of two ways. In the first scenario, Noah is a mensch who cares for others and for the earth. Or, Noah’s goodness might have been relative to other people’s behavior at that time. If they were all cruel, selfish and full of greed and Noah behaved just a little better than them, he could have been considered good in his time.
Over the last three years, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking out of the box just like Noah. I’ve been part of “Odyssey of the Mind,” which is an international problem solving and creativity competition. My Odyssey team has done really well, winning twice in the state competition.
He also could have built a play area and spent time every day playing with the animals, just like I do.