Game 7 of the World Series, the Olami Summit in Sao Paulo and why there are no dinosaurs in the Torah

The Cubs and Indians are playing one of the most epic baseball games every played.

And I’m heading to Brazil.

In a few hours, I leave for the Olami International Summit (see www.olamisummit.com)

In a curious way, the two events are related.

35 years ago, I was on my way to Argentina on a high school rugby tour. It was the culmination of my high school rugby career. We were very excited and had waited for months in anticipation. However, it was not to be. South Africa was in the midst of political turmoil as the apartheid government faced worldwide sanctions to bring a just and free society to the country. Sports boycotts were included in the sanctions and just weeks before we were scheduled to leave, our tour was cancelled.

Now, in a world and a way of life far different than back then, I am heading to South America for the very first time for an international summit and Shabbaton with 1,000 Jewish students from 27 countries, representing 200 organizations from around the globe.

What could be more exciting than that?

Maybe an epic game 7 of the World Series?

P.S. This week’s parsha is Noach, the story of the Flood. Go to https://www.alephbeta.org/ and click on the link to watch a fascinating video explaining why there are no dinosaurs in the Torah. Good Shabbos and go Cubbies!

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