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"No'ach found favor in the eyes of Hashem". What does this mean and why?

1.

Targum Yonasan: Hashem favored No'ach over the other people of his generation, because he was a Tzadik. 1

2.

Ramban: The term 'Chein' implies that everything that No'ach did was nice and pleasant (like we find in connection with Yosef and Esther), and made Hashem happy. 2

3.

Seforno: Because No'ach found favor (not because he was worthy) 3 , Hashem was going to save, not only him, but also his children. 4


1

The Torah is relying on the following Pasuk, where it describes No'ach's virtues in more detail (as the Ramban points out).

2

In contrast to the other people of his generation, who made Him sad (Refer to 3:6:1:4), as the Ramban explains.

3

No'ach, Daniel and Iyov, were great Tzadikim, yet they did not merit to save their children, because they failed to teach the people of their respective generations how to serve Hashem.

4

One wonders however, why Shem and Yefes (who were both Tzadikim), did not merit salvation in their own rights? Refer to 6:9:2:2*

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