A Monday Thought For Temple Sinai From Rabbi Barry
(First Published as e-mail on Oct 22, 2012)
In his book Everyday Holiness, Dr. Alan Morinis quotes Rabbi
Yosef Yozel Hurwitz, Alter of Novarodok, in these words:
A person who tries to practice trust in God while leaving himself a
backup plan is like a person who tries to learn how to swim but
insists on keeping one foot on the ground. ( p. 209 )
As Dr. Morinis points out in his book’s chapter on Trust, or Bitachon in Hebrew, every “soul yearns to trust.” At the same time, we accept the unpredictability of life, realizing that there is no way to predict the future.
I appreciate very much Dr. Morinis further reminding us that in the study of Mussar, the Middah, or soul-trait of “trust” really means more than just trust in isolation. Rather, we ought to expand this soul-trait to “trust in God.”
The next time a seemingly impossible challenge appears, try
to include in your thoughts and prayers a sense of trust in God.
My personal experience has taught me that my own sense of confidence about the future has been greatly strengthened when I think about trust in this way.
Then the words of Jeremiah might become true for us as well:
Blessed be the one who trusts in the Lord and the Lord
shall be his Source of trust. ( Jeremiah 17:7 )