Sunday, January 26, 2014

Exodus 5: Contentment with Our Lot

Yitro/Jethro (Exodus 18:1-20:26)

You shall not covet your neighbor's house.  You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, his manservant, his maidservant, his ox, his donkey, or anything else that is your neighbor's. (Exodus 20:14)  

The Torah obligates us to do things and not do others (positive and negative mitzvot), but rarely legislates thought.

The greatest reward is to be so content with one's own lot that even thinking of envying anyone else never enters one's mind.

In the first years of our marriage, Miriam was home with three children while Mel earned a pitifully small monthly salary as a teacher.
Before the days of credit cards, we often found ourselves broke by the fourth week of each month.

We ate leftovers and often bought a bottle of liqueur with our last $2 to celebrate our wonderful life together.
Half century later, we planned this blog posting in a coffee shop enjoying café hafukh (upside-down coffee) and an apple-cheese tart. 

We continued our discussion walking in a park enjoying monkeys' antics and elderly women petting and feeding the park's feral cats.
When we returned home, Snowball greeted us sitting beneath Mel's parents' wedding picture and ours.