The extra free time and easy living that began when Noah was born led to the evil and corrupt society that caused God to destroy the world later in Noah’s life.

The role of wine and alcohol in Judaism is a fascinating subject. While a central feature of Shabbat, holidays and all lifecyle events, there are drawbacks.

This past Shabbat we read the Torah portion of Ha’azinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-52) but this Shabbat was much more significant than many others. That is because this past Shabbat was also “Shabbat Teshuva”, meaning “The Shabbat of Repentance” because it is the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – a Shabbat whose entire theme is that of repentance.