October 19, 2017 ~ Shabbat NOAH. Maqam SIGAH.

Shabbat Haye Sara 

Advanced in Days

ואברהם זקן בא בימים - When Abraham was old (זקן), the Torah also states (Genesis 24:1) that he was "advanced in days" (בא בימים). This redundancy may be written to compliment our patriarch who has lived a life where each "day" mattered. Abraham has lived a meaningful life with the mission of promoting God's values of justice and righteousness throughout the world. With strong ambition, not a single day went by where he wasn't preoccupied with changing people's lives. As his descendants, we owe it to ourselves and to the memory of Abraham to find purpose in life and to infuse meaning into each day of our lives. We should be careful not to waste our time with meaningless routines, but rather attempt to turn each and every day into an opportunity to accomplish something different. This way when we are "old," we will also be "advanced in days" (Beth Torah, 11/26/16).