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 Six: “RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT”
We’ve already established that having Bitachon doesn’t preclude the necessity to invest every reasonable effort towards achieving success. Yes, Hashem is always in control. And yes we are required to do our part. Always.
Lucidly illustrated in matter-of-fact brushstrokes: G-d grants sustenance, yet one must choose to eat to be nourished. G-d provides livelihood, yet everyone must expend the effort acquire an appropriate wardrobe and residence.
This brings us to a very big question: how precisely we are meant to view concept of Preservation of Life from a Torah-True Trust Perspective. After all, if G-d predestines the outcomes anyway, can we choose to take risks and place ourselves in Danger?
In other words, if we accept the idea that Death is pre-Destined — from a Halachik perspective, is one permitted to take mortal risks or place themselves in Danger [unnecessarily]? And if not, at what point do we cross that formal threshold of legal endangerment?
Clarifying this is key to striking the correct balance of Bitachon and Hishtadlut. The impact of these concepts is enormous, affecting everything from vaccinations to rollercoasters! We’ve got to take a hard look at the lengths we are (and aren’t!) required to go to ‘Preserve Life’ in safeguarding our health and physical wellbeing.
The concept that our mortality is necessarily pre-ordained – or if you will, only possible if G-d wills it – also opens the door to a chilling yet critical conversation about Suicide, Doctor Assisted Death and what’s reffered to today as “End-of-Life” decisions from a Torah-True perspective.
This Episode is the Sixth segment of the Fourth Chapter of “The Gate of Trust;” comprising the 80th consecutive video of this ongoing series.
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