Shlomo Ezagui


There is only one way for a person to experience a joy that, once attained, endures forever… and that is by being soulful.

The kind of joy and happiness that knows no limits must be connected to the energy that also has no boundaries and is infinite — the soul, Godliness. Living with the soul and identifying with the spark of God within liberates a person from the vicissitudes of an ever-changing world and the limited existence of the physical realm.

Godliness is spiritual, but for many people, spirituality does not necessarily mean Godliness.
For many people, spirituality is anything they cannot see or touch with their five senses. Certainly, intellect and emotions are spiritual but often not Godly.

Godliness is connecting with, emulating, and living by the standards of the positive, creative force that is the credit to this existence.

The Talmud tells the story that once, a fellow named Nachum was traveling to Rome. On his way, he stopped at an inn, where the innkeeper emptied the box of diamonds and jewels Nachum was bringing as a gift to Caesar and exchanged them for stones and dirt so that he would not immediately realize what had happened.

When Nachum presented the gift, the Caesar wanted to kill him for being disrespectful. Nachum’s reaction was not focused on the surface of what was going on; he had already trained his eyes and heart to see more profoundly to the source that makes everything happen, and he thought, “This too (God who orchestrates all that happens) is for good.”

The Talmud continues to tell us that the stones and earth miraculously became valuable resources for the king. They miraculously turned into bows and arrows when thrown on the battlefield.

Mysticism explains that because Nachum lived on the level of soul — that of his own and that of the world — he always saw God in everything and was not fazed by problematic surface appearances. He connected with the spark of goodness in everything and, through this attitude, could draw the intended good in everything and bring it to the surface.

A Godly person understands that there is more to life than what meets the eye. Life is not about money, cars, or a bigger home. Yes, a car can serve the purpose of Godliness, but the pleasure of a car in and of itself is hollow.

A Godly person understands that life is not of the body. Living on the level of the body, he would be no different than an animal.

A Godly person manifests and exhibits the traits of humility, kindness, care for others, a desire to improve things for others, and a clear understanding of right from wrong. Strength and joy are his lot for a person of this caliber. There is meaning and purpose to everything, which brings self-confidence. This person knows and feels, “God is with me, and I shall fear nothing.” This is truly deep and everlasting joy.

Chapter 28

About the Author
Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui is an author and lecturer. "A Spiritual Soul Book" ( & "Maimonides Advice for the 21st Century" ( In 1987, Rabbi Ezagui opened the first Chabad Center in Palm Beach County, Florida, and the first Orthodox Synagogue on the island of Palm Beach, Florida.
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