Noah and Becoming One's Self
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This week’s parashah starts with the phrase אלא תולדות נח נח – these are the products of Noach: Noach. Rabbi K.K. Shapira, the Piaseczno Rebbe, notes that to be spiritually successful, the product of Noach must be, well, Noach.
Making one’s unique contribution to the world by developing, within the framework of Torah and mitzvot, one’s own spiritual character, is an essential feature of a meaningful religious life. Too often, we try to fulfil the aspirations of others, becoming clones of them, rather than ourselves.