In this week's Parsha, the Torah tells us: 'A'leh Toldos Noach, Noach
Esh Tzadik'-- 'these are the offspring of Noach, Noach was a righteous
man...' and then the Torah goes on to list the names of Noach's
But how else can we understand the word 'offspring'?
Rashi tells us that offspring also refer to the Ma'asim Tovim-- the
good actions-- of Tzadikim. The main offspring of Tzadikim are their
I think this an important message for us as well. Our time in this
world is limited-- we don't live forever. The money, fame, and
possessions we receive in this world are here today and gone tomorrow;
and even if we're blessed to have them again tomorrow, its temporary;
the only things we'll bring with us in the world-to-come will be the
Torah we learnt, the Torah study we've supported, the mitzvos we've
performed, and the Ma'asim tovim we did in this world.
I think Tzadikim recognize this and Rashi wants us to recognize this
as well and This is the reason Rashi writes that this is the 'main
offspring' of Tzadikim-- because they should be the main 'offspring'
for us as well-- because This is what's really important in this world
and these are the only things we'll bring with us to the next world.
May we be Zoche to recognize what's really important in this world so
we can live meaningful lives in this world and have what to bring with
us to the world to come.
Have a great Shabbos!