Hashem placed you in that exact place in order that you face that challenge and overcome it. But turns out He had other plans for us. He has that perfect blueprint sitting on His bookshelf, but He keeps it from us. He gives us the chance to blindly encounter all types of situations, both beautiful and painful, and He does this only for our benefit — for us to grow and become stronger with every passing day.
But what about the other 95 percent of us? How can we achieve this level of belief and trust in the face of what seems to be endless struggle? He wants us to turn to Him. So the first step is pushing away that rush of anger that we experience at the face of a challenge and replacing it with an earnest cry to Hashem. There is a mistaken notion that Emunah is about being naive.
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On the contrary, Emunah is higher than intelligence, an idea that is discussed in Chapters 18 and 19 of Tanya. In their 40 years of travels in the desert, the Jewish people had almost no regular food. They could collect Mon each day, only enough for that day. Anything that stayed overnight rotted. They had to trust that every morning Hashem would send the Mon anew. Once they arrived in the land of Israel, they began to work the land and prepare their own food. Think about how everything in this world and beyond is filled with His glory.
This can be better understood with the example of our thoughts; The words in our thoughts only take up consciousness once they are thought about. So too, our only state of existence is linked to our Source, G-d. Once we come to think about this concept sincerely, our heart will begin to sing. This is why the Sages stress the importance of praising and thanking Hashem every day; thanking Him that He made us a part of this mission and goal. We celebrate our inherited identity, specifically the Emuna in us, that is passed from generation to generation, as if it were a treasure that had miraculously came into our possession.
How goodly is our portion! How sweet is our lot and how beautiful is our inheritance!
We live on our Emuna because it gives us the perspective that allows us to live joyously and go beyond the limitations that get in the way of our doing the other Mitzvos. All things in Lashon HaKodesh are clear, i.
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This will be better understood by describing the incidents that gave rise to these two expressions:. Akiva once went on a journey and took along a candle, a donkey and a rooster. Providentially, he could not find lodging in the city, so he slept in a nearby field. A wind extinguished his candle, a lion ate his donkey, and a cat ate his rooster.
Said R. A little later it was revealed that all was indeed for the good. For that night a marauding band had plundered the nearby city. Had he slept in the city, he too would have fallen victim; had the candle not been extinguished he would have been seen; had the donkey and rooster not been consumed, the sounds they made would have been heard by the brigands. By losing everything he was saved. Nachum was sent with a treasure chest to the king of Rome to avert a decree against the Jewish people.
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Robbers came and stole all the gems in the chest, replacing them with sand. When he presented the chest of sand to the king, he was about to be summarily executed. The earth was immediately put to good use in battle. The difference between these incidents is that R. Akiva truly suffered a loss and was anguished. Yes, it served a beneficial purpose, but the events themselves pained him. Nachum, however, suffered no loss at all.
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On the contrary, had he brought the gems, who knows whether this would have been an agreeable gift, as a king does not lack precious stones. Magical sand, however, is a different matter. Thus, R. Akiva did in fact endure pain at his loss, though his suffering saved his life. For R.
Nachum, however, the robbery itself was an act of goodness. Nachum was R. Akiva thus lived a generation later, during a time when there was a greater degree of darkness, for with each generation away from the Beis HaMikdash the darkness grows.
He therefore could not see in a revealed sense how every event in itself is good. Nachum, however, lived a generation earlier, at a time of greater divine illumination, and was able to perceive the actual goodness inherent in even a seemingly untoward event. Based on Likkutei Sichos , Vol. II, pp. Here's a great tip! Enter your email address to get our weekly email with fresh, exciting and thoughtful content that will enrich your inbox and your life.
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