This week's parsha
Unless otherwise noted, "This week's Parsha" comprises articles taken from contributors to the Chabad.org website. We show the original author's name here, so that proper attribution is given. For the sake of brevity, footnotes cited in the original author's writings are omitted from this website. If you need to see the citations, please refer to the original articles on the Chabad.org website.
Life After Death
It turns out that lots of people believe in life after death. Two polls conducted by The Gallup Organization report that 79% of Americans believe that after they die their souls will be judged and sent to heaven or to hell, and that 33% believe in ghosts. An Internet poll informs us that 38% of those responding believe in reincarnation (though only 26% think that they themselves will be accorded that privilege).
A Dialogue Between G-d and Abraham
Way back when, before the Democrats or Republicans were even thought of, a debate of an entirely different nature occupied the biblical stage.
Ishmael and Isaac were having it out. The topic: circumcision.
"See here," says Ishmael, "I am more precious in G‑d's eyes, since I was thirteen when I had mine done."
"I beg to differ," answered Isaac. "I was eight days old. Now that's gotta be way cooler."
Oy, I’m Getting Old!
Who hasn't spent time lamenting their lost youth? Even my five-year-old son has been heard complaining that his kindergarten years are passing too quickly for him. Every day we waste is an opportunity squandered, every year that goes by without growth is a graveyard of abandoned hopes and aspirations.
The only consolation, for me, is the recognition that it is never too late to climb off the carousel of abandon and to begin the process of self-reinvention. History's roll call of achievement is crowded with individuals who came to greatness only late in life. Read the biographies of the Rich 200 for instance; for every dot-com teenage billionaire, there are 100 others who achieved success only after a lifetime accumulating experience.