parasha Bechukosai 5782 – Contentment & Inner Peace

If you follow My laws and faithfully observe My commandments, I will grant your rains in their season, so that the earth shall yield its produce and the trees of the field their fruit. Additionally, H’Shem promises that grain and vineyard harvests will provide a constant yield.

Then, a blessing of peace in the land is promised. Rashi comments, “peace counterbalances everything” (Sifra, Bechukotai, Ch. 18; sefaria.org). This may be understood to imply that without peace, there is no assurance of contentment with one’s provisions, resources, or means of livelihood.

Even relationships without peace, unfortunately can turn sour. And, ultimately, peace is desirable to contain the soul. The sages relate, that only peace serves as a vessel to contain all other blessings. Peace within, as well as without, will bring the ultimate completion of wholeness upon a person. Yet, sometimes, even peace within is most challenging to obtain.

A man can have much gain in the world, and security brought about by an abundance of material provisions, and a steady income; however, a peace that encompasses the soul is a greater treasure to obtain, and more challenging to acquire. As is written elsewhere, “Who is a rich man? He who is content with his lot” (Pirkei Avos).

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