Friday, February 23, 2007

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Emunah Wins

Shoshana commented...

When the Avot and Imahot (the patriachs and matriachs) follwed HaShem, that was emunah (faith).

I am only a simple Jewish woman, but if anyone tells me that my devotion is based only on what I know- what I learned- they are wrong. My very secular sibling wrote that we should all be living in Israel. That is her expression of emunah. Emunah lives in all of us. We only have to quite the voice of the yetzer harah long enough
to hear it.

Didn't Rambam give us the 13 principles of faith? Wasn't one to desire the coming of Moshiach, daily? Well isn't that an act of emunah?

Emunah is my constant companion, it is my best friend and my greatest comfort.

You see, I am a very simple woman.

Baruch Hashem, may Hashem bless you. A few years ago, I walked into shul and we were discussing a Torah concept. They asked me what I thought, and I responded, "I'm just a simple man." To which a particular chossid challenged me, "You think you've reached the level of being "a simple man"??? Do you have any idea what the Baal Shem Tov taught about the purity and acceptance of the prayers of the "simple people"? Do you honestly think you can measure up to "a simple man"???

Unfortunately, he was right. The true faith (ben porat Yosef) displayed above, that's the makings of a simple person. No complications, calculations, or distractions. Just emunah and bitachon, trust and faith in Hashem.

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