You spoke earlier in praise of Noach, saying that he walked with Hashem. But don’t we know that there are certain statements that say that hidden in these words of praise in our parsha there’s a certain criticism of him?
Who is the richest man in the world today? Mr. Getty from Getty Oil? Let’s say it’s Mr. Getty.
Now here’s Mr. Getty and he’s criticizing let’s say a multimillionaire in New York City. “He’s a small fry!” Mr. Getty says. So Getty is right. Getty wouldn’t even talk to him. But if that multimillionaire walked in here, I’m sure we would feel quite respectful. I’m sure we would. Even though we don’t like money.
So whatever criticism was made of Noach was only in comparison to Avraham Avinu. That’s all. But Noach was such a millionaire in righteousness that he’s far above us. We cannot see the top, he was so great. So את האלוקים התהלך נח, the walking together with Hashem that Noach did was so great that we can aspire even to a little fraction of it and be happy.