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.
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.
Wrong Time for Building Legacies
Reality has just been turned upside down, the waters of the flood have erased all life off the face of the globe, and humanity has to start all over again.
This is not some apocalyptic terror film, but the story of the world after the Great Flood. Noah and his family were the only living people in the world, while every other person who had been living just one year earlier -- including their neighbors, friends, enemies and everyone else -- was gone.
G-d's Unrelenting Faith in Us
In stately prose the Torah in its opening chapter describes the unfolding of the universe, the effortless creation of a single creative Force. Repeatedly we read, “And G‑d said, Let there be … and there was … and G‑d saw that it was good” -- until we come to the creation of humankind. Suddenly the whole tone of the narrative changes: