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Monday, 27 Cheshvan, 5783

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Jewish History

On the 27th of Cheshvan of the year 1657 from creation (2104 BCE) "the earth dried" (Genesis 8:14) completing the 365-day duration of the great flood that wiped out all life on earth save for the eight human beings and and the animals (at least two of each species) in Noah's ark; on this day G-d commanded Noah to "Come out of the ark" and repopulate, settle and civilize the earth.

[See entry for Cheshvan 17 for a Chronology of the Flood.]

Links: Life in a Box; Lunar Flood, Solar Year; The Discovery of Planet Earth; Noach Parshah Page

Daily Thought

“And these are the offspring of Isaac…” Genesis 30:3

“Who are his offspring? Esau and his children.”—Midrash Rabbah

Although the hero of the story is Jacob, Jacob’s ultimate goal is the rescue of Esau.

Isaac wished to rescue Esau with a blessing, lifting him from the dirt and overwhelming him with a downpour of intense light.

Rebecca, however, saw this would only further feed Esau’s wickedness. The one to rescue Esau was not his father, but his twin brother, Jacob.

Only Jacob could dress in the clothes of Esau, experience the world of Esau from within, and then heal himself from there.

And in healing himself from within Esau’s world, the precious good within Esau would be rescued and reconnected to its true place.

That is the entire history of Jacob and Esau, the offspring of Isaac. It is also the entire story of Israel and the rest of humanity.

So that within this story is the secret of healing:

When you want to heal another, get inside their skin, identify with them, and heal together with them.

Likutei Sichot, vol. 15, pp. 191-199 (Toldot 1).