The best parts of the Noah story are not found in the Torah verses, but in the stories we weave between them. Classical midrashim and the movie “Evan Almighty” help us answer such questions as: How did all those animals get along on the ark, and who cleaned up after them? How did Noah build such a humongous vessel all by himself?
In an accident of timing that surely has more to do with happenstance than with divine strategy, there will be a second Noah's Ark unveiled in Los Angeles this weekend, in addition to that at the Skirball. "Evan Almighty," a sequel of sorts to the 2003 hit film, "Bruce Almighty," is a comic updating of the biblical story. In it, God (Morgan Freeman, reprising his role) orders newly elected U.S. Rep. Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) to build an ark and fill it with animals."