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Rabbi David Shamsi -Parashat Korach-Rosh Chodesh Tammuz 5777

While the Talmud states, “Rabbi Yochanan said: Had the Torah not been given, we would have learned modesty from the cat, [aversion to] theft from the ant, chastity from the dove, and [conjugal] manners from fowl”, I believe there are many other natural phenomena as well that bear important lessons for us.

For example, in times of stress, we could have learned from the cocoa bean: Despite the fact that it is unbearably bitter – and not even sold by itself as it is so repugnant – it found its way to make itself the backbone behind some of the sweetest stuff in the world. We need to learn to do that as well in times of stress. May we all merit making Chicago truly the home of the “Bean” and not just because of Millennium Park.

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