Davening For Others by Michael Winner/11/4/2016 Wow… the Cubs did it.I haven’t followed sports in who knows how long. Honestly, I could care less about it. I heard last week that they made it to the World Series, which surprised me, but as a long-ago Cubs fan, I knew what was going to happen and they would lose. Then, I was informed that they actually won! I spoke to a few former-Chicagoans here, and even though none of us could name a single player or stat or ANYTHING about baseball in the past 15-20 years, there was this weird…. Something.My wife couldn’t understand it. She found it funny how we were happy about such a thing even though we didn’t even know they were doing well in the first place. I guess I can’t blame her, but any Cubs fan… heck… any fan of baseball knows that the Cubs winning the World Series must be a sign of something good coming up.Okay, on to Torah!“For this is to Me like the waters of Noach” (Haftorah, Yeshayahu 54:9)Many wonder why the religious world is concerned about the lack of education, mitzvos observance, etc… of the non-religious world. While the religious world does not go out and burn people at the stake for not being religious, a lot of time and money is spent on people to dedicate themselves to help give the non-religious some form of Torah education. Why put in all that efforect? After all, let bygones be bygones!Yeshayahu describes the flood as “the waters of Noach”, as if it were HIS flood and HE was responsible. The Sages explain that the flood was named after Noach because Noach failed to pray on behalf of the generation to save him.While the Torah testifies that Noach was a “righteous and flawless man”, and worked for 120 years, building the ark, he STILL was held accountable for not helping his generation repent in any way. Each person has some ability to help for others… just by davening for them! And those who happen to be more inclined to be actively educating others? They might have even a bigger obligation!I once heard Rav Dovid Orlofsky talk about how he started off his “speaking career”. He explained that when he was in kollel, he was receiving pressure to take over a directorship of a region in NCSY. He wanted to stay in learning, but he already had a proven success record in working in outreach. He did not want the position, but was pressured to go and see Rav Scheinberg; who sat there and lifted one hand and said, “One on hand, you have Torah learning!”, then would raise the second hand and said, “On the other hand, you have a mitzvah that only you alone can do…”. After repeating this for several minutes, Rav Scheinberg told him to take the position. Not being happy with this answer, he went to Rav Eliashuv, who told him the same thing.Not everybody is “cut out” for outreach… in fact, many people aren’t. But, a person should nonetheless, FEEL a sense of obligation for those who were not as fortunate to receive a proper Jewish education. So, even if he davens for others, he is fulfilling his obligation.Have a great Shabbos!