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Hard working butterflies!

Thursday, 31 October, 2019 - 7:12 pm

With the kids off school for parent/teacher conferences and the weather dropping way below zero with an abundance of snow, we sought indoor activities. While Chavie had them under her wing most of the time, I had the good fortune of taking them to see the new butterfly exhibit at the Museum of the Rockies. We learned lots about this mystifying creature, including how an adult butterfly works so very hard to emerge from its chrysalis, transitioning from its first version as a caterpillar.

Life’s beautiful moments don’t necessarily come easy.

In this week’s Torah portion, Noach, the second in the book of Genesis, we read about the great flood and those meriting to be aboard Noach’s ark. While there was the lower compartment for waste, the middle compartment for animals and the upper compartment for humans, Noach was entrusted by G-d to care for all the living beings on his hand-built boat. One day, Noach arrived late for the lion feeding and was greeting with an injuring bite. Noach could’ve complained about the unfairness of his suffering, as it was G-d who got him into this job in the first place and the little He could’ve done was to protect him, but he didn’t Kvetch. He accepted his mission as animal caretaker without self-pity bemoaning of his awful lot in life.

All of us, at some point, wonder why G-d must make our life so hard, especially as we are trying to be good citizens, healthy Jews and better the world through our deeds. News flash: It’s a thought that Noach taught us is futile. We do what’s right, what’s good, what’s vital, without any expectation for reward or G-dly guarantees. Sometimes our good work gets us hurt, physically or emotionally, but that shouldn’t result in us dropping it like a hot potato. Part of our experience is to develop our perseverance and if we cowardly run from anything that doesn’t go our way, we will never internalize the endurance attribute. I’m sure Noach had a grievance or two, but when on a mission, there isn’t any time to share it, let alone to dwell in it.

Love your work, recognize your mission and beauty will ensue!

May You guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Moshiach speedily. May You protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!

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