Sunday, July 12, 2009

Invitation to view Yehuda's Picasa Web Album - July 09 trip to Las Vegas and Having it all!!

Having It All 

Judaism has two terms for tranquility - "shalvah" and "menuchah." While they might appear to be similar, they really are different. 

Shalvah refers to a situation in which a person is not missing anything in life. He has everything he wants and therefore has no worries. He has a nice house with all the furnishings he can ask for. He has a large amount of cash handy to purchase whatever he wants. His business is going well, and all of his property and possessions are entirely safe. He has no enemies who would want to cause him harm. There is peace in his world. He is entirely healthy. He is respected and people accept his opinion. He has no competitors who are striving to diminish is stature. He has no obligations to others. He is successful at whatever he does. This is shalvah. In English we would say he has it all.

And it could be a negative trait. 

Why? Because if you feel that everything must be perfect, you are in danger that if things go wrong, you will suffer. The many difficulties that arise in your life will prevent you from experiencing pleasure and peace of mind. 

Menuchah, on the other hand, is a virtue. It is a state in which a person lives with peace of mind since he does not need anything! Not because he has all he would wish for, but because his attitude is one of accepting his present situation. He will be aware that all benefits and damages in life are dependent on the will of the Almighty. He has trust that whatever is decreed for him is what will occur. If he has what he would like, that is good; and if he is not able to get it, that, too, is for the good. He does not feel anxiety about possible misfortunes. He knows that "every bullet has its special address," and he wants only that which the Almighty chooses for him. If you attain the trait of menuchah, you will feel inner peace regardless of your financial situation and whether or not you have the approval of others. 

The person who has reached this level of not needing all that he would wish for is saved from all kinds of frustration. People will not have anything to criticize him for. Even if someone does wrongly accuse him of anything, he does not take it to heart. He knows that he is being accused in error, and is able to feel an inner joy. This level is called menuchah. 

Seek to live a life of menuchah.

For my readers who don't want to see inanimate statutes that are not dressed--better skip these pictures. After all I went to Cesar's Palace full of roman statutes. There was even a place called the Garden of the G-ds. Spiritually teaches us that we can be spiritual anyplace, even in Sodom and Gomorrah.

You are invited to view Yehuda's photo album: July 09 trip to Las Vegas
July 09 trip to Las Vegas
Las Vegas -
Jul 10, 2009
by Yehuda
a little fun in the desert
Message from Yehuda:
All work and no play makes Yehuda a dull boy. The bible teaches to enjoy all the pleasures of this earth (as long as it is done it a spiritually healthy way--with the restrictions of the bible).

Love Yehuda