9:52 AM - I read, heard, and remembered some good Torah on and around Shabbos. Here's a thought I wrote up on Breishit this year. It's connected to this:
In the beginning
G-d must have created time
Thus, “the beginning”
10:25 AM - Here's what you find if you (I) search the word Breishit within this blog.
11:12 AM - The following is my adaptation of a thought from Rabbi Chaim Sabato's Ahavat Torah's essay on Breishit:
The Torah does not tell us why Kayin's sacrifice wasn't accepted. The reason for this is because what's important is his reaction to that fact more than the reason behind the fact. he could have moved forward by offering another sacrifice, gone on with trying to connect with G-d and lead a good life. Instead he got jealous and angry and murdered his brother. Our biggest problems are not about what happens to us but about how we react to what happens to us.
1:16 PM - Somewhere around the time of my last check in at 11:12 my neck started to really hurt. It's pretty much all I can think about, even though I have a lot I wanted to take care of today... Health really is key.
11:17 PM - Rabbi Baruch Simon, on Shabbos at Shalosh Seudos, cited Rabbi Moshe Wolfson's chidush on the mishnah that states that the world stands on 3 things - Torah, Avodah, and Gemilut Chasadim. The mishnah includes not only the fact that this saying came from Rabbi Shimon HaTzadik but also that he was of the remainder of the Anshei Knesset HaGedolah. Rabbi Wolfson suggests that this information is directly connected to Rabbi Shimos's statement. He outlasted the great era of The Men of the Great Aseembly. he was saying that even though that heyday was gone what was important was on a day in and day out basis to adhere to Torah, prayer, and kindness. That's what keeps the world going. On a similar note Rabbi Simon said that after the chagim while we go through the six months till Pesach we need to focus on the holiness of daily life.