Noach October 23,
Welcome to Beyond Twelve
Gates. Giving makes life worthwhile.
Serling's "Twilight Zone" series once featured a story about a
gambler who dies and is transported to a room where there is a gambling table
and a dealer. Every time he rolls the dice, he scores. Every hand he
holds is a winner. The living quarters are plush and supplied
with everything he wants. At first, the man believes he is in
paradise. He should be happy, but he is completely and totally
alone. The fun of sharing his winnings with someone else is
missing. He finally concluded that he is not in heaven, as he had first
thought. He is in hell.
believed that "only a life lived for others is worth living." Giving
certainly improves the quality of our lives.
Noach Genesis 6:9 -- 11:32
result of Mankind's evil, G-d brings a flood to destroy every living creature.
Only Noah, his family, and at least one pair of every animal species were
spared. Trivia question:
Do you know the name of Noah's wife? (hint -- it is NOT 'Joan of
Ark') When the flood waters begin to recede after a lengthy deluge,
Noah sends forth from the ark a raven and a dove to determine whether the land
has dried sufficiently so that they can leave the ark to resettle the earth
once again. G-d promises that He will never again destroy all of Mankind
by means of a flood, and He designates the rainbow as a sign for that eternal
plants a vineyard, drinks from its produce and becomes drunk. In his
intoxicated state, he shamefully uncovers himself. While his son Cham
dealt with his father inappropriately, Noah's other two sons, Shem and
Yefet, cover their father in a respectful manner. Generations pass and
the world is repopulated. The people attempt to wage war against G-d by
building the Tower of Babel.
G-d responds by mixing up their languages into a 'babble', and dispersing them
across the planet.
Following the flood described in this week's Torah portion, one noticeable
change was the reduction of the average human life span by approximately
one tenth. Instead of people routinely living until 700 years of age
(or more), the average lifespan was drastically reduced to about 70. Why
A wise man once
said, "A ship is safe in the harbor, but that's not what ships were made
for. A ship was made to sail." A key to happiness and
peace of mind is being actively engaged with life, even in old age.
This past Monday's New York Times crossword puzzle
was created by Bernice Gordon of Philadelphia. Her first weekday
puzzle appeared in the Times in 1952. Bernice has the distinction of
being the oldest known puzzlemaker in the newspaper's history; she is 95
years old. In case you were wondering -- I wasn't able to finish
the puzzle. Thanks, Bernice!
is a tremendous blessing when we use our time productively. The
generation of the Flood misused the blessing of long life. Therefore,
their average lifespan was reduced. Whether it be creating complex
puzzles, performing acts of kindness for our families and others, or simply
continuing our own personal learning and growth, we function best when we're
mentally and spiritually engaged.
Quote of the Week
If at first you don't
succeed, skydiving is not for you -- Arthur McAuliff
Joke of the Week
Christopher told his two good friends Moshe and Chaim,
"Gee, I wish I could join your Jewish country club!" Moshe said,
"Well, Chris, you could just pretend to be Jewish. We'll create a name and
business for you, and you can apply and no one will ever know!" The
two friends prepped Chris what to say, and the next day he went to join
the country club.
"What's your name?" the
country club manager asked Chris.
"Yossie Friedman," Chris said.
"What's your occupation?
"I own a factory. We
manufacture taleisim (Jewish prayer shawls)."
"Wow! How interesting!" the manager said. You know that
writing that goes around the collar? I never knew what that meant. What
does it say?"
Without missing a beat, Christopher said, "I wouldn't know. My
company only makes the sleeves." (Joke heard from Marcia Kern)
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