Never give up! There is always so much more that we can accomplish in life. We must never let anything get us down or prevent us from succeeding.

There are so many lessons that we can learn from our forefather Jacob, including  the value of time and proper work ethics, the value of effort and the reward of accomplishment. In Judaism there is no such thing as “killing time.” Remember that time is precious. Don’t ever waste a day or even a moment. Make all of your time in the world really count!

This week’s Torah portion is “Noah” (Genesis 6:9-11:32) and it is one of my favorites. This is not only because my middle name is Noah, but because the portion is filled with important stories whose messages are just as important today as they were then. The first story in this week’s Torah portion is, of course, the story of Noah and the flood.