Mazal Tov to Levi and Rachel Serebryanski and families on the birth of a son.
Times: Shabbat starts on Friday at7:27pm and ends on Saturday night at8:28pm. The weekly Torah portion is Noach.
Mincha in the CBD: Mincha is still virtual as we await people returning to work in the city. That means we all daven at an agreed time, which is 1.45pm now that we’re on summer schedule. Details at the WhatsApp group.
Study: Weekly Shiur continues Wednesday at 1:20pmvia zoom, with virtual mincha to follow at 1.45pm. BYO lunch. Details here.
Thought of the Week with thanks to Levi Rosenbaum. Noah was a strong willed man. Through all the negativity he experienced, Noah remained focused on his mission, doing all he could to positively impact his less than ideal surroundings. He persevered despite his wisdom going unnoticed.
Noah advocated for action and climate change for 120 years, but his claims were discounted by those comfortable with maintaining their ‘wicked’ ways. Noah lived off the grid, shielding his family from the immoral lifestyle of the time.
However, he made a big deal about building his ark, ensuring everyone knew what he was doing and why. He tried to bring people into his bubble, never wavered from his mission despite the constant rejection.
Alas, Noah was unsuccessful in his primary goal of persuading the people. But in saving the animals, no effort was required for everything to fall into place; They came by themselves in the right time and in their correct numbers.
Noah’s primary mission was incredibly difficult and fruitless, but he was subsequently gifted his peripheral goals. Once his mission was complete, everything else came easy.
We are the children of Noah, we each have our mission, our chance to make this world a better place. We all have the power to stay focused on our mission. Each experience is an opportunity designed for us to achieve greatness and be the channel through which blessings flow. May we merit to experience our ultimate goal, easily and speedily, with the times of Moshiach.