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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 day out, people would ask him what he was doing, and he would inform them about the impending flood tell them that they could cancel the evil decree through repentance. It was all in their hands.
But this Midrash begs yet another question. Why couldn’t
In the beginning, God made the Heaven and the Earth. (Bereishis 1:1)
The words are so incredibly simple, and yet, of course, conceal the most remarkable secrets of Creation. Indeed, each of the Hebrew words can be and are dissected and explained in so many ways, so many Kabbalistic ways. In fact, the Tikunei Zohar does exactly that with only the first word, Bereishis, revealing 70 different explanations for this word alone.
The point of “Perceptions” all through the years has been to
"Seek out Hashem when He can be found..." (Yeshaya 55:6)
The ten days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are referred to by our Sages as the "Aseres Y'mei Teshuva" - "ten days of repentance". This concept is alluded to in the verses. The Rambam records that during this period Teshuva is more effective.1 The mitzva of Teshuva can be performed throughout the entire year; what is the significance of this time period that makes it more auspicious for repentance?
The Rambam, in his magnum opus
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
Since this is the first Shabbos after Yom Kippur, it is important to try to preserve that awesome level of spirituality that we all attained on this holiest of all days and utilize it to enhance our Shabbos. Each individual on his or her own level must find a way to grow and develop his or her unique potential.
At the end of this week`s parsha, HaAzinu, the Torah teaches us that Moshe Rabbenu dies, and is denied the privilege of entering the land of Israel.
The reason given is that he did