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Alfred Nobel Chose Life

Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20 )


In 1888, the French press wrote an obituary about Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite, describing him as the ‘Tradesman of Death’. In actual fact Alfred remained very much alive; it was his brother who had died!

Alfred was faced with the rare opportunity to witness his legacy while still living it.

Heartbroken at what he would be remembered for, he changed his story before it was too late, and instituted The Nobel Prize, awarded to people who have benefited mankind.

In this week's Torah portion, God tells us to "choose life" (Devarim 30:19).

Alfred was lucky to have this experience, a wakeup call to the importance of benefiting the world instead of harming it. After this incident he quite literally chose to value life over death.

There is no need to wait for a specific life-altering moment in order to think about our values. In the lead up to Rosh Hashanah, as we look at the year that has past, and set goals for the future, it’s the perfect time to think about what we are living for.

Choose a life meaning, a life of giving!

Live your legacy.

Shabbat Shalom!

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