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 Four, Part Five: “IN CONTROL”
We’ve already learnt that Bitachon shouldn’t translate into an excuse for Inactivity. Simply stated: appropriately placing your full Trust in G-d does not exonerate you from giving it all you got. Each of us is always supposed to make every reasonable effort to succeed in life.
To be sure though, at least superficially speaking –there does seem to be somewhat of dichotomy or even contradiction. Clearly, there’s a need for us to create a synthesis and strike a healthy between our Bitachon and Hishtadlut.
Striking that balance first requires achieving clarity about certain faith-based axioms about Trust. For example, are we meant to believe that Hashem’s manages everything, even when it seems that others control the outcomes? Ultimately, who is in control?!
Although not the primary focus, we will also touch upon ideas of Predeterminism, Predestination, Theological Determinism and even Fatalism. What do we, as Torah Jews, believe in, and how do we squared it with the foundational Yiddishkiet idea of “Bechira” our G-d given “Freedom to Choose?”
Finally, if our actions don’t make the end results happen anyway — why does G-d require us to make the effort altogether. Two previously introduced Torah ideas will delightfully illuminate these expanding theological horizons.
This Episode is the Fifth segment of the Fourth Chapter of “The Gate of Trust;” comprising the 79th consecutive video of this ongoing series.
This presentation has been generously sponsored by NTL Contracting, Josh and Adi Kastryano, to honour the memory and elevate the Neshama of Mark (Moshe) Dulberg.
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