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Get out of the box

Thursday, 7 October, 2010 - 12:00 pm

With the holidays all behind us now, it feels like I've been thrown straight into a torrent of rain.

Possibly one reason for this is that Sunday we began to read the portion of Noah and the flood. This may be the reason for my feeling like I've been thrown into a flood without warning.

What is one to do when you encounter a flood? The Torah's advice to Noah remains true: "go into the ark". Go into the safety of the Torah and the uplifting spiritual effects of prayer and be recharged.

But perhaps the more important message is what happens after you have entered the ark. The Torah instructs Noah to "go out of your ark" or literally "out of your box"! Yes, the Torah says that you have to go out of your box. To really live life, to really connect with all the opportunities, you need to go out of yourself and your own limitations, out of your comfort zone.

Perhaps when we go straight from the high of the high holiday season straight into the floods of Noah we have an added power to go out of our box, out of our limitations, and climb to the highest of heights.

Good Shabbos,

Rabbi K. Schusterman

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