Monday, October 19, 2015

Emunah: Above and Beyond

''He trusted in Hashem, and He considered this for him as an act of righteousness'' [Lech Lecha 15:6]

Why, asked the Chofetz Chaim, was Avraham's trust in Hashem considered 'righteousness' - as though it was something above and beyond what was demanded of him? After, all, Avraham fulfilled every commandment in the Torah; what was so unique about his trust in Hashem?

We see from here, answered the Chofetz Chaim, that trust in Hashem is more than just another mitzvah, rather it is the foundation of the entire Torah.

To what can this be compared? To a man drowning in the sea who suddenly sees a tree extending from the shore. Which part of the tree will he attempt to grab? Not the branches, for they can easily be broken off; rather, he grabs hold of the roots.

So too, concluded the Chofetz Chaim, is trust in Hashem. Trust in Hashem is comparable to the sturdy roots of a tree, which serve as a foundation and a base for the entire tree.

Source: Rabbi Yisrael Bronstein

1 comment:

bracha said...

EMUNA and BITOCHN, (Faith and Trust) are two words that keep coming up when we speak to people who have
survived major crises.It is very timely for all of us in these trying days when we hear harrowing news daily of terrorist
atrocities perpetrated against Jews in Israel. How do we counter that? What is our best defence? What can we do when we, in the Diaspora, feel helpless and frustrated?
We need to turn to the Sidra of the Week to find the answer: EMUNA and BITOCH'N. we need to strengthn ourselves
in these key areas and to to find the inspiration and the 'road-map' that our Ancestors have paved for us. Our total and sublime
Trust and FAITH in Hashem, the G-d of Abraham [Isaac and Jacob] will surely stand us and KLAL YISRAEL in 'good stead'. Hashem Yevarech et Amo Ba'Shalom!
Thank you, Devorah, for posting that inspirational message from the Chofetz Chaim.