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Senior Drash on Parashat Noach

Ryan Khorsandi '20
What is it in life that really makes you appreciate the good times?
Did you ever think that it might be the bad times?

This week's Parashah is about the story of Noah. In the story of Noah, God wants to flood the world because there were so many bad people. These people were corrupt. They refused to obey laws and were only concerned with their own personal gain. The only people who were considered good were Noah and his family. God commanded Noah to build an ark, and when the flood came everything in the ark survived.

In Genesis chapter 1 after each creation that God created, it said, “and God saw that this was good.”
If God considered the world he created to be very good, why would he want to destroy it and restart all over again?

The rabbis tell us that since all the people in the world had plentiful harvests, and didn’t get sick for hundreds of years, they started to take the benefits of life for granted. The people said, “Why shall we waste our time on prayers to praise to God? Don’t we have everything we need? What more can God do for us?” For this reason, many stopped believing that people were created in God’s image or that all humans need to be protected as a community. People grew selfish and only cared for themselves. They became corrupt people by not taking care of the poor or the sick. They would steal, lie, and murder. People lost the sense of what a world is supposed to be and look like.
So having thought about this, without the bad times we had in our lives we wouldn’t be able to appreciate the good times in our lives as much. If you want a rainbow, you gotta have a little rain.
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