Israel – Where Our Trust in G-d Is Tested (part 4 of 4)

Trust In G-d When Alone

Commitment To Family and Friends

In regards to my obligations to my wife and children, I rely on G-d, to meet my duties towards them. With G-d’s help I avoid harming them and promote their interests. This is one of the main reasons we made Aliyah.  I try to be a steadfast supporter of all their concerns, and advise them what is advantageous to them in religious and secular matters.

We serve G-d by loving our fellow Jew and to worshiping G-d for His sake לשמה , but not for honor כבוד.

ויקרא יט: יז-יח

לֹֽא תִשְׂנָ֥א אֶת אָחִ֖יךָ בִּלְבָבֶ֑ךָ הוֹכֵ֤חַ תּוֹכִ֨יחַ֙ אֶת־עֲמִיתֶ֔ךָ וְלֹֽא תִשָּׂ֥א עָלָ֖יו חֵֽטְא: לֹֽא תִקֹּ֤ם וְלֹֽא תִטֹּר֙ אֶת בְּנֵ֣י עַמֶּ֔ךָ וְאָֽהַבְתָּ֥ לְרֵֽעֲךָ֖ כָּמ֑וֹךָ אֲנִ֖י ה’:

You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your fellow, but you shall not bear a sin on his account: You shall neither take revenge from nor bear a grudge against the members of your people; you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am Hashem. (Vayikra 19:17-18).

I encourage my family to fulfill the commandments of G-d in the best possible manner in The King’s Palace of Israel; but not for the love of honor.

מלאכים א ג:יג

            וְגַ֨ם אֲשֶׁ֚ר לֹֽא שָׁאַ֙לְתָּ֙ נָתַ֣תִּי לָ֔ךְ גַּם ע֖שֶׁר גַּם כָּב֑וֹד אֲ֠שֶׁר לֹא הָיָ֨ה כָמ֥וֹךָ אִ֛ישׁ בַּמְּלָכִ֖ים כָּל יָמֶֽיךָ:

I give you also what you did not ask for – both riches and honor, so that there shall not be any among the kings like you all your days. (Melachim I, 3:13).

When People Try To Help Each Other

When we need to ask for something from someone, we should rely on G-d and to recognize that people are merely the means of securing it. We thank G-d Who fulfills our wishes and we must also thank the agent.  G-d brings about good only through the agency of the righteous and only rarely brings about loss through them.

תלמוד בבלי בבא בתרא קיט עמוד ב

            שמגלגלים זכות על ידי זכאי וחובה על ידי חייב.

Merit is brought about through meritorious individuals, and liability through unworthy individuals. (Bava Basra 119b)

משלי יב:כא

לֹא יְאֻנֶּה לַצַּדִּיק כָּל אָוֶן, וּרְשָׁעִים מָלְאוּ רָֽע:

No evil will befall the righteous, but the wicked are full of evil. (Mishlei 12:21)

If one’s request is not carried out for him by others, he should not blame them or attribute to them negligence, but he should thank G-d for having chosen what was for his good. We need to also act this way in relations with family, friends, businesses partners’ and employees.

If we are asked to do something, even as a surgeon, we put our trust in G-d for its accomplishment. If G-d brings it about through us being the messenger שליח, then we should be thankful for this privilege of being a good agent שליח טוב. If we are not successful, we should not blame ourselves; however, we should always try to perform our best effort.

Relating To One’s Enemies

Enemies who seek me harm, I trust in G-d to bear their scorn. I do not pay them back in kind, but try to pay them back with kindness.  Any favor that I can do for them I should do, bearing in mind that my wellbeing and injury is only in the hands of G-d.

If my enemies cause injury, I try to judge them favorably, and suspect that my deeds have been evil in G-d’s eyes. I should plead before G-d, and ask Him to forgive my sins. Then my enemies will become my friends:

משלי טז:ז

בִּרְצוֹת ה’ דַּרְכֵי אִישׁ, גַּם אוֹיְבָיו יַשְׁלִם אִתּֽוֹ:

When G-d is pleased with a man’s ways, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him (Mishlei 16:7).

Trust and Free Choice in The Service of G-d

G-d gives us the choice of serving Him or rebelling against Him. G-d wants us to choose life.

דברים ל:יט

הַֽעִדֹתִי בָכֶם הַיּוֹם אֶת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֶת הָאָרֶץ הַֽחַיִּים, וְהַמָּוֶת נָתַתִּי לְפָנֶיךָ הַבְּרָכָה וְהַקְּלָלָה, וּבָֽחַרְתָּ בַּֽחַיִּים לְמַעַן תִּֽחְיֶה אַתָּה וְזַרְעֶֽךָ:

This day, I call upon the heaven and the earth as witnesses [that I have warned] you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. You shall choose life, so that you and your offspring will live; (Devarim 30:19). 

The carrying out of the intended act of service or transgression is our choice. We will receive bounteous reward for having chosen G-d’s service, for having intended to fulfill it.  The same is true regarding punishment for transgression.  It depends on whether it was committed willfully or only unintended.

Service of G-d and Secular Affairs

We must trust in G-d that He will help us attain what is for our own good in the secular aspects of our life.  In the service of G-d,  He has already informed us what course to take and which commandments to perform.

Our aim is to draw near to G-d and not to make a name or win honor for ourselves, be rewarded by others, or to have power over them. Put trust in G-d that we will be enabled to accomplish what we have intended to do, in accordance with His Will.

When we keep good deeds hidden from everyone, then the reward is greater. Remember that neither help nor harm proceeds from any creature except with the permission of the Creator.

When G-d brings about a good deed through my success in surgery, I consider it a favor to myself from G-d. I do not rejoice when people praise me for it, nor desire that they honor me for it, because this would make me proud of my actions and I will be ruined and the reward lost.

 Reward and Punishment in the Hereafter

The goal of the reward of the World to Come is to cling to G-d and to draw near His supernal light.

ויקרא כו:יב

וְהִתְהַלַּכְתִּי בְּתוֹכְכֶם וְהָיִיתִי לָכֶם לֵֽאלֹקִים, וְאַתֶּם תִּֽהְיוּ לִי לְעָֽם:

I will walk among you and be your G-d, and you will be My people [in Israel]. (Vayikra 26:12)

Trust In G-d in Regard for Reward and Punishment

 G-d’s Reward Is Grace

We should show gratitude for G-d’s favors given to us, not out of hope for future reward.

משנה פרקי אבות א:ג

אנטיגנוס איש סוכו קיבל משמעון הצדיק.  הוא היה אומר, אל תהיו כעבדים המשמשין את הרב, על מנת לקבל פרס, אלא הוו כעבדים המשמשין את הרב, על מנת שלא לקבל פרס; ויהי מורא שמיים עליכם.

Be not like servants who serve the master on condition of receiving a reward, by be like servants who serve the master not on condition of receiving a reward and let the fear of Heaven be upon you (Mishna Avos 1:3).

 Trust in G-d for Parnasa (Income), Seven Ways

One) One who trusts in G-d accepts His judgment under all conditions, including having a low paying hospital job and struggling to finally build a house for a much higher price than expected (as happens in Israel). We thank Him for the good as well as for the bad.

איוב א:כא

יָצָאתִי מִבֶּטֶן אִמִּי וְעָרֹם אָשׁוּב שָׁמָּה ה’ נָתַן ה’ לָקָח, יְהִי שֵׁם ה’ מְבֹרָֽךְ:

G-d has given and G-d has taken, blessed be the name of G-d (Iyov 1:21).

            משנה  ברכות ט:ה

חיב אדם לברך על הרעה כשם שהוא מברך על הטובה, שנאמר (דברים ו) “ואהבת את ה’ אלקיך בכל לבבך ובכל נפשך ובכל מאדך. בכל לבבך, בשני יצריך, ביצר טוב וביצר רע. “ובכל נפשך”, אפלו הוא נוטל את נפשך. “ובכל מאדךבכל ממונך.

A person is obligated to recite a blessing over the bad just as we make a blessing over the good.  It is stated (Devarim 6) “and you shall love your G-d with your hearts and with all your belongings”.  “With your hearts”, with both inclinations, with the good inclination and the bad inclination. “With all your soul“, even if you need to give up your life. “And with all your belongings“, with all your money. (Mishna Berachos 9:5)

One who does not trust in G-d congratulates himself for the good and becomes angry at G-d for the bad. Here in Israel we must be ready to settle the land at the expense to fight for it.  Freedom to live in Israel is not free.  The financial sacrifice to live here is not for nothing, it is exactly what we pray for twice daily in “Shema”: “to serve G-d with all our money”. Whether we live in the USA or in Israel, our wealth all comes from G-d. However, we chose to either worship our wealth or worship G-d, by accepting all that He gives us and then continuously bless Him for it.

Two) One who trusts in G-d, his soul is at rest and his heart is at ease in the face of     decrees, because he knows that the creator will direct them for his good in this world and the next.

תהילים סב:ו

אַךְ לֵֽאלֹקִים דֹּמִּי נַפְשִׁי; כִּֽי מִמֶּנּוּ תִּקְוָתִֽי:

My soul, waits quietly for G-d, for my hope comes from Him. (Tehillim 62:6).

But one who does not trust in G-d, is in a state of constant distress, protracted anxiety, and sorrow and sadness which never leave him, whether in good times or bad. This is stated in Mishlei.

משלי טו:טו

כָּל יְמֵי עָנִי רָעִים; וְטֽוֹב לב מִשְׁתֶּה תָמִֽיד:

All the days of the miserable are evil, but the cheerful have a continual feast (Misheli 15:15).

Three) Even if one trusts in G-d, he must employ a means to a parnasa (livelihood/income); however, he does not in his heart only rely on those means. He does not expect that profit or loss will accrue to him, unless that is G-d’s will. He pursues a parnasa in order to serve The Creator, Who commanded us to be involved in the world, so as to build it and settle it.בראשית א:כח  בְּזֵעַת אַפֶּיךָ תֹּאכַל לֶחֶם עַד שֽׁוּבְךָ אֶל הָאֲדָמָה כִּי מִמֶּנָּה לֻקָּחְתָּ, כִּֽי עָפָר אַתָּה וְאֶל עָפָר תָּשֽׁוּב:With the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, until you return to the ground, for you were taken there from, for dust you are, and to dust you will return. (Bereishis 3:19)

בראשית ג:יט

And G-d blessed them, and G-d said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the sky and over all the beasts that tread upon the earth. “

וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתָם אֱלֹקִים וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם אֱלֹקים פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ וּמִלְאוּ אֶת הָאָרֶץ וְכִבְשֻׁהָ, וּרְדוּ בִּדְגַת הַיָּם וּבְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם וּבְכָל חַיָּה הָֽרֹמֶשֶׂת עַל הָאָֽרֶץ:

If my job yields me a profit or helps prevent a loss, I thank G-d alone for this. If my job proves to be of low income, I realize that my parnasa will come to me when G-d Wills it from whatever source He wishes.

One who does not trust in G-d, has a job as a means to a parnasa because he relies on it; trusting that it will yield him a profit and secure him against loss. If his job benefits him he speaks highly of it, applauds his own diligence in using his skills. If he does not benefit from the job he will then abandon it.

Four) One who trusts in G-d and makes a parnasa in excess of what he needs for his maintenance; he should spend it on things that please G-d.

But one who does not trust in G-d, the world and all that is in it does not seem sufficient to provide for him and satisfy his needs. He is more careful in saving his money than in fulfilling his duties to G-d.

משלי יא:כד

יֵשׁ מְפַזֵּר וְנוֹסָף עוֹד, וְחוֹשֵֹךְ מִיּשֶׁר אַךְ לְמַחְסֽוֹר:

There is one who gives freely, yet amasses more, and one who withholds charity, yet suffers loss (Mishlei 11:24).

Five) One who trusts in G-d occupies himself with worldly means in order to provide for his latter end. Only when he is sure that a certain occupation is safe for his religious and secular interest will he engage in it.  He will not take up a profession that might damage his religious life. Every respectable job that one may choose in Eretz Yisrael, is mitzvah of “yishuv” Eretz Yisrael.

But one who does not trust in G-d and relies only on the means, and puts his confidence in them.  This type of person, if they have an income crisis, will choose to leave Israel or stay in the USA; thinking that one can only get parnasa in a specific location. He makes G-d’s abilities limited. He does not believe that G-d is in charge of parnasa and has the power to sustain him.  He will engage in those jobs that are admirable as well as those that are reprehensible.  Because, this person’s goal is making money, thinking it depends solely on his mortal effort and does not believe that income comes exclusively from G-d.

Six)  One who trusts in G-d is beloved to all classes of people. They are sure he will not do them harm.

תהילים לב:י

רַבִּים מַכְאוֹבִים לָֽרָשָׁע , וְהַבּוֵֹחַ ה’ חֶסֶד יְסֽוֹבְבֶֽנּוּ:

Many are the pains of the wicked, but as for him who trusts in the Hashem – kindness will encompass him. (Tehillim 32:10).

But he who does not trust in G-d has no friends, because he is always envious and jealous of others, imagining that any good attained by them was taken from him; that their livelihood is at the expense of his livelihood; that all that has been denied him of his desires is on account of them; and that it is in within their power to grant him these desires.

If misfortune or disaster strikes his assets, he imagines that others are the cause of this, and that money can shield him from harm. He may blame the Israeli government or Israeli society. As a result, he holds them in contempt, slanders and curses them and hates them.  Such a person is detested in both this world and the next.

משלי יז:כ

עִקֶּשׁ לֵב לֹא יִמְצָא טוֹב, וְנֶהְפָּךְ בִּלְשׁוֹנוֹ יִפּוֹל בְּרָעָֽה:

He who is of a perverse heart will find no good, and he who has a hypocritical tongue will fall into evil. (Mishlei 17:20).

Seven) One who trusts in G-d does not grieve if denied a request or if deprived of something he loves. This includes getting a high paying job, professor title or being the head of a department etc.  He does not hoard what is at hand and does not bother to provide for more than today’s needs, because he does not excessively concern himself with what will be tomorrow or what his income will be next month.

We do not know when our end will come. Rather, we trust in G-d that He will lengthen our days and provide for our parnasa and daily bread. Living in Eretz Yisrael and the Aliyah experience, is the practical lab for actually practicing the principles taught in “Shar HaBitachon” in the Sefer Chovos HaLevavos.  We do not exult or grieve about the future.

משלי כז:א

אַֽל תִּתְהַלֵּל בְּיוֹם מָחָר, כִּי לֹא תֵדַע מַה יּלֶד יֽוֹם:

Do not boast of tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring (Mishlei 27:1).

Suppose that tomorrow he is no more.

תלמוד בבלי סנהדרין ק עמוד ב

אל תצר צרת מחר (משלי כז, א) “כי לא תדע מה ילד יום”, שמא למחר איננו ונמצא מצטער על עולם שאינו שלו.

Do not worry about tomorrow, “for you do not know what a day may bring”, He will have worried about a world that is not his (Sandedrin 100b).

Our goal in life is to serve G-d to the best of our ability in this world, and this can only be accomplished in Eretz Yisrael. What should worry us, is our deficiencies in our duties to G-d and trying to discharge them as best as we can.

משנה אבות ב:י

הם אמרו שלשה [שלשה] דברים…רבי אליעזר אומר, יהי כבוד חברך חביב עליך כשלך , ואל תהי נוח לכעוס…ושוב יום אחד לפני מיתתך

Repent on day before your death (Avos 2:10).

תלמוד בבלי שבת קנג עמוד א

רבי אליעזר אומר: שוב יום אחד לפני מיתתך. שאלו תלמידיו את ר”א וכי אדם יודע איזהו יום ימות אמר להן וכל שכן ישוב היום שמא ימות למחר ונמצא כל ימיו בתשובה.

He should repent today, lest he die tomorrow; thus all his days are in repentance (Talmud Bavli, Shabbos 153a).

Here in Israel we are reminded of our mortality every day. All who live in Israel have a forgiveness כפרה for our daily sins daily via the challenges יסורין that we may experience daily. Thus, all those Jews who live in Israel are actually considered righteous צדיקים.

ישעיהו ס:כא

וְעַמֵּךְ כֻּלָּם צַדִּיקִים לְעוֹלָם יִירְשׁוּ אָרֶץ, נֵצֶר מַטָּעַי מַֽעֲשֵׂה יָדַי לְהִתְפָּאֵֽר:

And Your people, all of them righteous, shall inherit The Land [Israel] forever, a scion of My planting, the work of My hands in which I will glory. (Yishayahu 60:21)

One who does not trust in G-d, mourns exceedingly if constant tragedy strikes him, if deprived of what he loves, or if denied what he wishes. He occupies himself solely with this world. Many want to be secure before serving G-d properly in Eretz Yisrael.  Therefore, they put off Aliyah, service of G-d, until he has amassed wealth, and feels that only he can provide for the needs of his wife and children. Then he believes that he will have peace without worry.

Only when the Moshiach arrives, this person believes, he can be free to fulfill his obligations to G-d.  This person erroneously thinks that we mortals are in charge of the world.  The USA for now, gives a false sense of security to Jews;  just as the Jews felt secure in Bavel/Iraq, Iran, Morocco, Syria, Spain, Germany, France, Poland etc.

It is Ignorance to Believe that G-d can Only Provide Sustenance in the USA and Not In Israel

A Rabbi may instruct a Jew to live in the USA stating that only there, can G-d provide for him. This implies that G-d has limited power.  This Rabbi doubts G-d’s true power to determine all outcomes and demonstrates that he does not believe in His Great Might. This individual is overcome with the darkness of his desires.  A servant does not insist on receiving from his master a security for his maintenance before beginning to serve him.  We are the servants of G-d. He took us out of Egypt to be a G-d for Him in Eretz Yisrael not in Chutz La’aretz.

תלמוד בבלי כתובות קי עמוד ב

ת”ר: לעולם ידור אדם בארץ ישראל אפילו בעיר שרובה עובדי כוכבים, ואל ידור בחו”ל ואפילו בעיר שרובה ישראל; שכל הדר בארץ ישראל דומה כמי שיש לו אלוה וכל הדר בחוצה לארץ דומה כמי שאין לו אלוה שנאמר: (ויקרא כה:לח) “לתת לכם את ארץ כנען להיות לכם לאלהים”.

It was taught in a Beraisa: One should always live in Eretz Yisrael, even in a city with majority non-Jews, and do NOT live in Chutz LaAretz even in a city which is mostly Jews; because whoever lives in Eretz Yisrael is similar to one who has a G-d, and all who live in Chutz LaAretz are similar to one who does not have a G-d, As is written (Vayikra 25:38) “To give you Eretz Canaan, to be for you a G-d (Talmud Bavli, Kesubos 110b).

We may not know what our actual needs are. We may not realize what will suffice for us and our family in terms of basic luxuries for the rest of our lives.  No matter how much wealthy we accrue, it is never enough. Some people never will feel secure in their income or wealth.

No matter what, we are in debt to G-d for all the goodness He does for us. G-d promises us to take care of all our needs for a definite time in this world. In return we are bound to serve Him in Eretz Yisrael.  We have no guarantees in life to say that, “We will make Aliyah tomorrow”. What if we are not here tomorrow?  Have we served G-d to the fullest of our abilities in Chutz La’aretz? The answer is clearly, no.

חגי

לִי הַכֶּסֶף וְלִי הַזָּהָב, נְאֻם ה’ צְבָקוֹת:

Mine is the silver and mine is the gold (Chaggai 2:8).

דברי הימים א, כט:יב

וְהָעֹשֶׁר וְהַכָּבוֹד מִלְּפָנֶיךָ וְאַתָּה מוֹשֵׁל בַּכֹּל וּבְיָֽדְךָ כֹּחַ וּגְבוּרָה, וּבְיָדְךָ לְגַדֵּל וּלְחַזֵּק לַכֹּֽל:

 

Riches and honor come from You and You rule over all, and in Your hand is strength and might, and it is in Your hand to magnify and to strengthen all (Divrei HaYamim I, 29:12).

 

One can never be sure of holding onto his money, even in USA. Disaster may strike and all may be lost. It is a false argument to believe that with a large house and lots of money, only then one will attain peace of mind. Then one can serve G-d better only by first achieving wealth – it is a lie!

משנה אבות ב:ז

הוא היה אומר: מרבה בשר, מרבה רמה. מרבה נכסים, מרבה דאגה… קנה שם טוב, קנה לעצמו. קנה לו דברי תורה, קנה לו חיי העולם הבא.

The more possessions, the more worry (Mishna Avos 2:7).

ישעיהו סד:ג

וּמֵֽעוֹלָם לֹא שָׁמְעוּ לֹא הֶֽאֱזִינוּ, עַיִן לֹֽא רָאָתָה אֱלֹהִים זוּלָתְךָ יַֽעֲשׂה לִמְחַכֵּה לֽוֹ:

 

And whereof no one had ever heard, had ever perceived by ear, no eye had ever seen a god besides You perform for him who hoped for him. (Yeshayahu 64:3).

G-d is benevolent in the present, past, and future. We can only meet our obligations to G-d by the means that He extends to us.  There is no way to ensure that we will ever serve G-d in Eretz Yisrael in the future, if we do not go now to start our obligation.  We state in the “Shema” prayer twice daily- that we are ready, willing, and able to serve Him with all our heart, soul, and money.

            תלמוד בבלי שבת דם לא עמוד א

אמר רבא: בשעה שמכניסין אדם לדין אומרים לו- נשאת ונתת באמונה? קבעת עתים לתורה? עסקת בפו”ר? צפית לישועה?

 

Rava said: When they bring a person for judgment, they will ask: “Did you deal faithfully in business? Did you set aside fixed times for Torah? Did you have children? Did you anticipate the redemption…”(Talmud Bavli Shabbis 31a)

The meaning of “anticipating the redemption” is -did we do everything we can to actually bring the Moshiach?  The first and main action to achieve this is to make Aliyah and to serve G-d in Eretz Yisrael.

Rabbi Yechezkel Levenstein (Mashgiach Mirer Yeshiva, Shanghai) wrote:

The Exodus from Egypt liberated only one out of five Jews (and some say one out of every 50) because all those who were bound to Egypt and did not want to depart died in the three days of darkness and were not privileged to leave. Only those who desired redemption with all their hearts were redeemed. The Final Redemption, likewise, depends upon our yearning. (Ohr Yechezkel, Emunat HaGeulah)

 

Detriments To Trust In G-d

He who trusts in G-d makes Aliyah and lives in Eretz Yisrael. One who does not trust in G-d is because he fails to appreciate G-d’s compassion, protection, dominion and control over us.

One cannot trust in G-d if he is ignorant of G-d’s commandments and his Torah. We are commanded to live and serve Him in Eretz Yisrael. This demonstrates our trust in Him.

                        ישעיהו כו:ד

בִּטְחוּ בַה’ עֲדֵי עַד, כִּי בְּיָ-הּ ה’ צוּר עֽוֹלָמִֽים:

 

Trust in G-d forever and ever for in Yah Hashem, is the Rock of eternity (Yeshayahu 26:4).

It is harmful to be enamored with the immediate causes, which we can see. G-d is the ultimate cause of everything, it is proper to trust and rely in Him alone. Only He has the power to help or harm.  The more one knows G-d and has faith in His protective care, the more trust one has in him. 

Levels of Trust

We need to grow to our spiritual maximum. This is not possible in Chutz La’aretz.

As a child we rely on our mother, then we build trust in our father. When we mature we rely and trust in our strength and skills. This is because of our ignorance of G-d’s benevolence.

When we obtain parnasa through other individuals, we transfer our trust to them and come to rely on them. But when we mature, we see their deficiencies and our need for G-d.  Then we transfer our trust to Him and rely on Him in all matters beyond our control.  We have no alternative but to surrender to the Divine decree.

As we mature further, we trust in Him also in matters over which we can extort some influence, i.e. our jobs or business. We avoid harmful jobs which gain money by illegal means.  We trust that G-d will provide us with an easier occupation by which to earn a living.

As we mature further, we trust in Him in all the “means” and aim in employing them to serve G-d and fulfill His mitzvos. Mitzvos are meant to be done in Eretz Yisrael Le’Chatchila.

When we mature further, we accept in our heart and tongue, outwardly and inwardly, that whatever G-d decrees for us, we will be happy with whatever G-d brings us: poverty or wealth. We will not long for anything that G-d has not chosen for us, and will want only what G-d wants for us. We will be completely devoted to G-d and surrender our soul and body to His judgment.  In worldly matters, we will not prefer one condition over another, nor desire to be in any condition other than the one we are currently in!

When our concept of G-d matures further, we understand the purpose for which we are created and brought into this temporary world. We will commit ourselves to G-d. We will delight when remembering Him and feel empty when not reflecting on His greatness. Eretz Yisrael is the ultimate place for prayer and committing ourselves to G-d.

תהילים מב:ג

צָמְאָה נַפְשִׁי לֵֽאלֹקִים לְקל חָי מָתַי אָבוֹא, וְאֵֽרָאֶה פְּנֵי אֱלֹקִֽים:

My soul thirsts for G-d, for the living G-d when will I come and appear before God?” (Tehillim 42:3).

There are ten words used for trust in Tanach:

  1. מבטח – trust
  2. משען – support
  3. תקוה – hope
  4. מחסה – refuge
  5. תוחלת – expectation
  6. חכוי – awaiting
  7. סמיכה – reliance
  8. שבר – dependence
  9. מסעד – help
  10. כסל – confidence

We strive to be among those who serve G-d in Eretz Yisrael and trust in Him. We surrender outwardly and inwardly to His judgment.  We rely on Hashem for support and we put all our hope in Him.  He is our refuge at all times, good and bad.  We choose to fulfill His expectations of us in fulfilling His mitzvos.  We are waiting for the Moshiach to reveal himself here in Israel. In our deeds we demonstrate reliance on G-d exclusively.  We depend on His kindness and help.  With these truths, we live a life of fulfillment and confidence that everything will be for the good.

In our generation, those who really trust in G-d make Aliyah, and live in Eretz Yisrael. It is not easy. Life is not supposed to be easy. Easy come easy go.  In the end, living daily in the Palace of The King is the ultimate reason for our existence.

Bibliography

Chovos HaLevavos. Duties of The Hearts. Bayha ibn Paquda.

A Drop In The Ocean: A Daily Dose of Eretz Yisrael. Rabbi Moshe Lichtman.

About the Author
Arie E. Pelta, M.D., a Board Certified General and Colorectal Surgeon from the USA , made aliyah with his wife and 7 children in 2013. He is also a active Medical Corps Officer holding the rank of Captain in the IDF Reserves. Currently practicing in Laniado Hospital in Netanya; speciaizing in the surgical care of all problems of the colon, rectum and anus.
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