Shabbat Shalom Dear Readers Parshat Bereshit 5776

October 9, 2015

 

 

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This article is an adaptation of an article that appeared previously on Globe Tribune.Info.

This week, as always, Globe Tribune.Info withdraws from the hustle and bustle of news, entertainment and commentary in observance of the Sabbath. Here at Globe Tribune.Info, computers go off, and all thoughts of work cease until nightfall Saturday night. Candle lighting, which is 18 minutes before sunset will be at 6:07 PM in Brooklyn. Time for candle lighting varies from city to city Chabad.org has a feature on their web site where you can type in your zip code and find out what local candle lighting is. Both Chabad.org and Aish.com have articles on various themes that can be printed out for reading on Shabbat.

A recurring theme in Jewish tradition is the idea that G-d watches over the Jewish nation, and that in times of crisis we must renew and strengthen our loyalty to Torah. In Jewish tradition, conventional means of self defense are part of the many commandments that add to the safety and well being of the Jewish nation. Adhering to and committing to commandments that superficially seem separate from self defense provide protection to the land and people of Israel. Chabad.org has an article about a campaign in Israel for increased Torah study and mitzvah performance in  the Holy Land of Israel. May G-d protect and strengthen the Israel Defense Forces as they risk their lives for Eretz Yisrael and its people.

Aish.com has an article about bizarre intrusions of Jew hatred into everything from theater programs to credit cards. It also has an article about a Christian whose study of Christian and Jewish scriptures led to him questioning Christianity and ultimately converting to Judaism.

This Shabbat is Shabbat Bereshit, when the yearly cycle of reading all of the five books of the Pentateuch begins yet again. This week’s parsha contains the account of the creation of the world, along with a focus on the earliest generations of the human race, up through Noah, who after the flood was the ancestor of all humanity.

There are many lessons that can be learned from this parsha. In it, idolatry was born, starting off with the misguided belief that people needed physical intermediaries in their relationship with G-d. Because the parsha preceeds the births of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, its lessons are universal to the entire human race.

When we celebrate Shabbat, we read a paragraph straight out of Bereshit. Accordingly, even though we are withdrawing from the world at large, we are reflecting upon our place in it and praying for it as well. May it be G-d’s will that the peace that is to come after the arrival of Moshiach arrive speedily, for the good of us all.

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