Studying Sha’ar HaBitachon, Rabbeinu Bachaya’s “Gate of Trust” ~ the Timeless Torah Book that can teach US ALL to How to Live with Certainty and Discover Tranquility!
Chapter Three, Part Three “FATHER KNOWS BEST”
Continuing to make the case for Bitachon with ideas designed to address and engage our emotional intelligence to implant understanding in the heart, Rabbeinu Bachaya now re-imagines and freshly presents the next previously presented concept.
This restatement of the idea that a to place trust in a provider, you’d have to be certain they know your needs will persuasively lead us to a common sense conclusion: If an entity’s creator will always know it best, then our Omnipotent Creator of not only the form but the very essence of existence itself undoubtedly always Knows Better than Anyone Else!
Chapter Three, Part Three comprises the 48th episode of this ongoing series.
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TY again for the wonderful teaching Rabbi. I want to comment on the "manufacturer knows best" metaphor you used. While it is certainly true that the Holy One, Blessed be His Name, absolutely knows best and is 100% trustworthy with his creations, human creators aren't nearly the same thing. As Rabbeinu Bachya has alluded to multiple times already, no human can perfectly provide everything you need. I've owned several products including cars, electronics, and tools, that I've personally modified to work better than the manufacturer intended, because it was made by fallible people who were likely cost-cutting or simply made mistakes in the development, design, or production. Because it was made by people, the maker actually didn't know best, and couldn't possibly, because wordly creators are limited. But this aspect of the metaphor could never apply to The Creator of all things. I think this breakdown of the metaphor even further puts forward the point of Rabbeinu Bachya that indeed, the manufacturer does know best, but only if you are trusting in The Creator of the universe itself; All other creators and providers will fall short.