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90265 is a Zip-Code in Heaven

Just the other day our children went hiking with their preschool in Solstice Canyon, where they had the opportunity to discover the qualities and differences among the variety of trees and plants learning which plants are edible and which are poisonous.

There is a teaching in Chassidism that states "a pleasure that is constant is no pleasure." The simple meaning of this seems obvious enough, if some delight is always available then the "pleasure" is diminished in comparison to a pleasure we experience rarely.

There are many Malibu mornings at the water where I find myself next to a tourist from another part of the world. Often, when this occurs, my son David’s award winning music video titled "90265 is a Zip Code in Heaven,” pops into my head.



Indeed, how often do visitors come into our home or the adjacent and marvel at the panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean with the famed in the background? Living every day with this expansive view of the ocean makes it into a constant pleasure that, of course, somehow manages to lessen the "pleasure" component.

Once in a while, though, I am reminded how blessed we are when these very same visitors whip out their cameras and start capturing "Kodak Moments." While the Chabad house where I grew up was wonder filled, it certainly wasn't as picturesque or the type of place were people felt the need to snap a picture. Here in Malibu people from all over the world seem to agree where we are located, is the quintessential must have photo opportunity of Los Angeles.



In fact the more I am reminded of the extraordinary delights we are blessed with living here in Malibu, an abundant sense of gratitude floods my heart. Just the other day our children went hiking with their preschool in , where they had the opportunity to discover the qualities and differences among the variety of trees and plants learning which plants are edible and which are poisonous. They enjoyed walking along the stream, rock hoping and creating a whole new set of memories. All of that was followed by a picnic by the ocean and a swim in the school pool and then finally they called it a day. Imagine, so many wonders of nature and so much fun to be had all in one day and all within fifteen minutes from our home. What a paradise we live in!

If only there could be a formula, a way, to re-experience the pleasure of taking in all the beauty and wonder around us, every single day? And what if you could see the ocean every single day as if it was the first time you had ever seen it?

Just contemplating these questions has given me a whole new perspective and new level of gratitude. I remember as a child, when we had the rare opportunity to go to the beach or the chance to take a walk in nature, the calming effect it had on us. It allowed a wild bunch of kids to be “conflict free” for those few hours.

Similarly when we stop and allow ourselves a moment to experience the miracle and pleasure in the magnificent power of the Pacific Ocean and the divine feeling of serenity and peace in the natural setting that surrounds us, we give ourselves the gift of recognizing the gift from G-d we live in, each and every single day. Perhaps, then, 90265 really is the zip code of heaven!

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Levi Cunin August 11, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Thank you Jonathan, we miss you!
Rabbi Levi Cunin August 11, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Thank you Dr. Perkins. Indeed the real "heaven" in Malibu... the kind hearted people like yourself!
Rabbi Levi Cunin August 11, 2012 at 01:31 AM
And we are grateful for your presence and your writing!
Rabbi Levi Cunin August 14, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Indeed, there is much truth in your words. There are certainly many places all over the world with breathtaking views and wondrous natural settings.   And it is true that Malibu, like many other cities, has challenges. Especially when it comes to "community," the geographic reality of 27 x 3 mile stretch and the many small communities or properties and homes that comprise Malibu make it difficult to have the feeling of "neighborhood." Yet as a resident of Malibu for 17 plus years, I can tell you that there are many cases and situations where I have been blessed to witness a true sense of strong community.   While the words I have written could very well have been written about many other cities where I have lived or visited, I chose Malibu, because it is Malibu’s "magic" that I witness firsthand each and every day. Does Malibu have issues? Absolutely! But I choose to see the beauty as I witness a once in a lifetime sunrise over the Pacific Ocean, again and again.
Rabbi Levi Cunin August 14, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Thank you Janet for your kind words, it's your light that you are observing... Many blessings!

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