Sunday, October 14, 2007

Noach: How Noach Left The Teivah

I saw an amazing midrash the other day. My retelling of it below.

The waters had receded and it was a beautiful sunny day. The doors to the ark were open, and slowly, two by two, the animals were leaving the ark. Shem took in this scene, but was confused to see his father's actions. As each animal left the ark, Noach licked the animal, considered for a moment, then made a mark on his cuneiform tablet? "What's dad doing?" he asked his brother Cham? Cham was equally dumbfounded. Just then, Yefet walks up, sees what is happening, shakes his head, and says, "There's Noah counting fur tastes."


Yes, not original.

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