Hi… It’s me. Benny.
Days, months, years passed… Decades passed… A whole century passed! Finally, at the age of 600 – 120 years after he struck his first hammer blow, Noach completed the Teivah. And on the 17th day of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, the Mabul, the GREAT FLOOD, began. HaShem commanded Noach, “Come to the Teivah.”
Noach and his wife Na’ama, and his sons Shaim, Cham and Yefes, with their wives entered the Teivah, in broad daylight, for all to see. And from the four corners of the earth, the animals came peacefully – walking, creeping, flying, and leaping – to Noach’s Teivah.
In those days, before the flood, people lived a lot longer than nowadays. The first man on earth, Adam, lived 930 years! This changed after the flood and then people didn’t live nearly as long. Could you imagine a person living close to a 1,000 years?
Nowadays when we bless someone with long life we say, “May you live 120 years.” This is exactly how long the great Moshe Rabbeinu lived.
It’s not so simple…
The Torah says that the Kosher animals were to be brought “Shivah, Shivah” (“seven, seven”), which some Rabbis interpret to mean 7 males + 7 females = 14. But other Rabbis understand it to mean seven of each species.
That presents us with a question: Three males can be paired with three females. This leaves animal #7 with no mate. Why was he brought along for the ride? Rashi explains that #7 was to be brought for a sacrifice of thank to Hashem after they exited the ark.