Noah // It's About Time
"And the land had become corrupted before G-d and the land had become filled with robbery" [Beresheet 6, 9]
Noah was really a creative individual who had the talent to bring his father Lemekh's dream into fruition. Lemekh named his newborn son Noah [rest] stating: ''This one will bring us rest from our work and the toil of our hands" [Ber, 5, 9]. Everyone is aware of the fact that Noah built the
One might think that such a blessing would yield more time for the spiritual aspects of life, but instead, the new-found leisure time resulted in the corruption of mankind. Crime, violence and immorality became the rage. Hashem instructed Noah to publicly build an
An analysis of the downfall will reveal that the more Hashem blessed the people the more wicked they became. The more free time they had the more they degenerated into immoral creatures. Jealousy of another's success not only made them unhappy with their own bounty but also brought them to lives of robbery and even murder.
Unfortunately, this generation has repeated the mistake of the Generation of the Flood. Freedom from the burden of earning a basic living is a blessing that can be turned into spiritual time. If the time is well spent it will earn a person his or her eternity. Doing acts of kindness [hesed] and learning Torah are not only pleasurable ways to utilize the spare time that timesaving advances produce, but they also yield large amounts of spiritual profits.
Over 200 years ago Rav Haim Volozhin Zt'l said that
DID YOU KNOW THAT on Friday evening after sunset it is forbidden to taste anything, even water, before reciting Kiddush? Even if someone began eating before sunset they must stop eating when the sun goes down. If one accepted the Shabbat before sundown [as so many do in the summer moths] then one is forbidden to taste food or drink eat that time. The daytime Kiddush on Shabbat morning also must precede eating. However, one may drink water, coffee or tea before Kiddush in the daytime. [Source Menuhat Ahabah, Chap 7, halakha 9,10]
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