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Climbing the Ladder of Love
Each and every event that is recorded in the Torah about the lives of our forefathers and foremothers is relevant to the story of every single Jew. That is why there are some key events in their stories that are not recorded in the Torah (like Abraham discovering G‑d at an early age and debating with the people of his native land, which is recorded only in Midrash), and why some seemingly trivial details are recorded. The Torah records only those events that are relevant to us, that will recur, in some form or another, in the life of every Jew.
Who was Abraham? What did he stand for? What does he teach us?
Dealing with the Flood of Life
Do you ever think to yourself: “I’m drowning! I’m swamped with life’s demands!”
Whether it’s slaving away at our jobs, sinking into the insurmountable pile of our bills or worrying about the hundreds of big and little things that challenge us, how can we stay afloat? When life comes rushing at us -- leaving us with a never-ending “To Do” list, and making us feel confused and overwhelmed -- how can we cope?
In this week’s Torah portion, we read about the great flood. The Hebrew word for flood, mabul, also means disorder and confusion. In a world full of disorder, our priorities can become skewed and distorted.
How did Noah handle the overwhelming floodwaters?
The Four Mysteries of King Solomon
Three things are wondrous to me, and four I do not know.
Despite all the wisdom granted to [King] Solomon . . . he was mystified by the Four Kinds. As it is written: “Three things are wondrous to me” -- these are the Passover offering, matzah and maror [eaten at the Passover seder]; “and four I do not know” -- these are the Four Kinds [taken on Sukkot].
On Sukkot, the Torah commands us to take the “Four Kinds” -- the etrog (citron), lulav (an unopened frond of a date palm), hadas (myrtle twig) and aravah (willow twig).