Studying Sha’ar HaBitachon, Rabbeinu Bachaya’s “Gate of Trust” ~ the Timeless Torah Book that can teach you to How to Live with Certainty and Discover Tranquility!
Episode #29 “FATAL SECRET” We now conclude the Ten Point study-in-contrast highlighting the superiority and virtues of the Ba’al HaBitachon – the person of True Faith, with that of the proverbial Alchemist. The latter, hiding his Trade Secrets from being discovered is essentially a scheming and shady entrepreneur playing Russian Roulette, risking his life in the mix. How precisely this danger is to be understood is a source of contention amongst scholars, but it is clear that in Rabbainu Bachaya’s view the attractive proposition of “Quick Money” is invariably associated with serious risk of danger that can easily turn deadly in the most literal sense.
Conversely, the individual who chooses to live with full trust in Hashem has nothing to hide. In fact, quite to the contrary, his proud and public display of Bitachon brings him respect and bountiful blessings, not danger or threats. His trust in G-d come with no adverse side effects, and expressing Faith is always a Risk Free Endeavour.
This idea of the Person-of-Faith serving as a source of blessing and global goodness is rooted in a powerful Scriptural statement, even more vividly illustrated in the brushstrokes of a dramatic biblical narrative.
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