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Are you under water?

Thursday, 18 October, 2012 - 8:53 am

In financial terms - this means that if you sell an object at current market value you will need more money than that amount to pay off the loan you took in order to buy the object. This term is commonly used in mortgages. For example, if someone owes $250,000 on his house but can't sell it for more then $200,000, he will need to find an additional $50,000 to pay the debt when he wants to sell the house.

Everyone is working hard, your neighbors, your friends and your family. They are trying to make a living and trying to live a more meaningful life than just working, sleeping, drinking coffee, working, and sleeping again. 

Chassidic spiritual teachings explain that "the flood" described in this week's parsha, Noah, represents the challenges of earning a living while living in a non-spiritual world. 

It says in "Song of Songs," written by King Solomon, "Many waters cannot quench the love, nor can rivers flood it".  Our love and desire for spirituality cannot be quenched by "many waters," excessive physical indulgence. "Nor can rivers flood it," worrying about making a living won't bring us to spiritual happiness.

What will bring us spiritual joy?  The recognition that G-d is the Provider can help take away the worry, while adding to our practice of spirituality will help us love G-d more.

Look at someone who has less than you have, or struggles more than you do, and be thankful for the good that you have in your life.

Have a good Shabbos.  Hope to see you at services :)

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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