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Bitachon Builder #3

Posted by Nachum Shapiro on

(Excerpted from Rav Avigdor Miller on Emunah and Bitachon)   Question What does the Gemara mean that “Everything is in the hands of Heaven except the fear of Heaven” (Berachos 33b)? How much is really in our hands to do? Answer There are two currents of cause and effect in the world. One is what we call hishtadlus, that everything is the result of our own efforts. The second is hashgachah, i.e., the way Hashem conducts the affairs of mankind. “Everything is in the hands of Heaven except the fear of Heaven” means that all material things are outside the...

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Bitachon Builder #2

Posted by Nachum Shapiro on

(Excerpted from Rav Avigdor Miller on Emunah and Bitachon)   Question What does menuchas hanefesh mean, and how is it different than bitachon (if it is different)? Answer One of the ways of serving Hashem is to be an ish menuchah, a man with peace of mind — not to get excited or be excitable. One must have a calm mind. This is a very important principle. One might think that menuchah is not a middah. Middos are things like jealousy, anger or envy. But, one might think, the lack of menuchah is just nervousness. Is there anything wrong about that? It...

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Bitachon Builder #1

Posted by Nachum Shapiro on

(Excerpted from Rav Avigdor Miller on Emunah and Bitachon)   Question Why is it so important to learn about bitachon?  Answer Because all the phenomena of the world contradict it. The mere fact that you have to put food into your mouth and chew is a contradiction to bitachon. Imagine a person with so much faith that when food is placed on the table he prays that Hashem will nourish him — without eating it! Of course, everybody understands that such a person is a fool. He has to put the food in his mouth. Not only that, but he has to do a...

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