Noah: The Root of Tranquility

The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom – James Allen.

Perhaps one of the most popular words in Uruguay is “tranquilo” which espouses a relaxed outlook on life. There is a related Hebrew word “menucha” which has a tremendous depth to it, signifying, among other things, pleasurable physical, mental, spiritual and emotional rest that also leads to rejuvenation.

The most well-known use of the word menucha is in conjunction with Shabbat, the Sabbath. Shabbat Menucha is a description of the fact that the Sabbath is designed for rest and rejuvenation.

The Sfat Emet on Parshat Noach during the year 5631 (1871) wrote that “when man is cleaved to his root, where his place of menucha is, he has no worries.” The Sfat Emet correlates ones roots with menucha, and menucha to a worry-free life. By attaching oneself to our sources, which include the familial, historical and textual, we approach a tranquility of spirit. It has to do with tradition, with a faith that imbues one with confidence and hope for the future. The tree with deep roots grows strong. We have amongst the deepest roots of any people on earth. We will know it is our root when we achieve “menucha”, a refreshing oasis of tranquility, of strength and of peace.

May we correctly identify our true roots, cleave to them, and experience menucha and peace.

Shabbat Shalom,

Ben-Tzion

Dedication

To World Bnei Akiva and an outstanding event for over 200 participants from all over the globe in Israel this past week.

About the Author
Ben-Tzion Spitz is the former Chief Rabbi of Uruguay and a candidate for the Knesset for the Zehut party. He is the author of three books of Biblical Fiction and hundreds of articles and stories dealing with biblical themes. Ben-Tzion is a graduate of Yeshiva University and received his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.
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