Watch: Harder than getting into a healthy eating routine after a month of challah, honey, and kugel, is getting back to the ordinary grind after an uplifting month of holidays.
The month of Tishrei is over. Cheshvan has arrived, and with it, a slew of very regular days. How can we ensure a smooth landing back to the day-to-day?
Parshas Noach is always read at the start of the month of Cheshvan. Noach holds the key to transitioning back to the mundane. The Parsha begins: “These are the generations of Noach, Noach was a righteous man and wholehearted in his generation.”
The double mention of his name indicates that Noach was pleasing to both the spiritual and physical worlds. Noach’s piety, despite the evil surrounding him, found favor in G-d’s eyes. The flood waters of Noach purified the earth like the waters of a Mikvah and the lower world was refined.
Noach’s effect on the world inspires our conduct with the everyday materialism. Every Jew has the ability to elevate his worldly pursuits and affect his environment as the waters of Noach impacted the world.
There’s an old time Chasidic custom to proclaim at the conclusion of Simchas Torah:, “Vyaakov Halach Ldarko- and Yaakov went on his way.” This verse describes the travels of our forefather Yaakov, representing each individual’s personal journey in this physical world.
G-d empowered Yaakov and by extension, the entire Jewish nation, to uplift the mundane. With this quote, we announce that the holiday festivities are over and it is time to get back to our ordinary activities.
Armed with the strength of Noach and Yaakov, we can hit the road, confident in our ability to infuse our ordinary days with extraordinary meaning.
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