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Parashat Noach: “It will be good”

Parashat Noach: “It will be good”© Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Imagine standing on the ramp to the ark.  It’s not raining yet, but you know it will.  You haven’t joined your family and the animals inside, but you know you must.  How does it feel?
“Noach was six hundred years old when the Flood came, waters upon the earth.  Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. (Gen. 7:6-7)” 
Of course they went into the ark “because of the waters of the flood.”  Why else would they?  What would cause a person to step forward into a new and terrifying place, embark on a journey with no guarantees? 
Rashi suggests that Noach and his family didn’t enter the ark until the water reached their ankles.  Would you have entered earlier? Or would you have waited until the very last moment before saying good bye to what was?
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I remember moving into my home: empty of furniture, full of potential. 
As soon as I walked in I became i…

Our Jewish Community Stands Ready to Help: Donate Now to the North Bay Wildfire Emergency Fund

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Dear Chevreh,
I have no words. None. The loss of life and property, of threats to lives and schools and homes, the J Weekly just reported:
"Much of URJ Camp Newman's summer campsite in Santa Rosa has been destroyed by the catastrophic wildfires that have been whipping through Sonoma and Napa counties since late last night. At 4:45 p.m. today, it was announced on the camp's Facebook page that, "it is with tremendous shock and sadness that we share that the majority of the buildings at our beloved Camp Newman home have been destroyed.""
Families have their homes, and Camp Newman has been one of our family's precious homes. Once we learn more, we will be part of the rebuilding. Please read below an email from Rabbi Jim Brandt and Danny Grossman, the CEO's of the East Bay and San Francisco Jewish Federat…