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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Thursday, October 19, 2017


The Talmud says that Noach was also included in the decree of destruction and would have drowned in the Great Flood with the rest of his generation had he not found chayn—favor—in the eyes of God (Sanhedrin 108a). The question is, if Noach had chayn from the beginning, as his name, the mirror image of chayn, seems to imply, and the Torah’s account of his life seems to say, then why was he ever included the decree of mass destruction of mankind?

It’s a good question, but the more important one at this time is probably how chayn saves a person from Divine destruction, especially another flood. “Another flood?” you ask. “Didn’t God promise never to bring a flood against the world ever again?”

Yes and no. He promised never to destroy the

There is a famous Midrash based on this week’s parsha that asks, “If there are so many ways through which G-d could have saved Noah, then why did He make him go through the difficult, arduous task of building an ark that took one hundred and twenty years to complete?

The Midrash answers that HaShem, in His infinite mercy, did not want to bring the flood upon the world. He was hoping that man would reconsider his evil ways and repent. Thus, if Noah was seen busily building his ark day in and

Guidelines for the joyous Jewish outdoor festival of Sukkot.

Following on the heels of the High Holidays is Sukkot, a seven-day festival (8 days in the Diaspora) characterized by the outdoor Sukkah-huts that we sit in, and the "Four Species" of plants waved together each day.

Sukkot is a holiday of immense joy, where we express our complete trust in God, and celebrate our confidence in having received a "good judgment" for the coming year.

Throughout the week of Sukkot, we eat, sleep and

There never again arose a prophet in Israel like Moshe . . . (Devarim 34:10)

Like Parashas Bereishis, the first parshah and arguably one of the most important of the entire Torah, Parashas Zos HaBrochah, the very last parshah of the entire Torah, always seems to get short shrift. It is read on Simchas Torah which steals the show. This is after a week of Succos during which the priorities are the proper fulfillment of the mitzvah of lulav and esrog, and enjoying life in the Succah.

It is so

"The Torah that Moshe commanded us is a heritage to the Congregation of Jacob"(33:4)

Simchas Torah is a day in which we celebrate the Torah. Why did Chazal see fit to designate a separate day for Simchas Torah? Would not Shavuos, the day we received the Torah, be a more appropriate time for this celebration?

The Talmud instructs a father that as soon as his child is able to speak, he should teach him. "Torah tzivah lanu Moshe morasha Kehilas Yaakov" - "The Torah that Moshe commanded us is a