by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths
Emunah means “faith, trust, to be firm …” these are all gorgeous qualities. So, obviously, there is nothing wrong with emunah. But there is something even better than emunah. You need emunah when things are in doubt. And when there is doubt, then, certainly, emuhah is wonderful. But are things always in such doubt that this should be our continual headspace?
There are two distinct schools of Chassidic thought. One school says, “The most important thing is that you should not be afraid.” The other school of thought says, “The most important thing is to know that G-d created all, and He is all.”
If you live in a time and place (G-d forbid) where you are afraid, then surely the first school should be your guide. But, if you are fortunate enough, as most of us are, to live in a place where we are free to come and go, then the second school should be your guiding principle.
If you are in doubt, frightened, hanging on the edge of the boat by your teeth, then emunah has to be your constant companion. If you are really sure, positive that G-d created all, and that He is all, then this knowledge will be your constant companion.
Either way, no matter what your situation is, to be optimistic makes life easier, more pleasant, and even improves our performance. Take an objective look at all of the wonders you are enjoying--your health, your family, the food on the table….
We are living in the time of the beginning of the Redemption. This is not a statement of faith. We can see it happening all around us. Jews are coming home to the Land of Israel by the thousands. More Jews are learning Torah today than ever in the history of our people. Our life spans are longer. Our health is greater. We can almost taste the moment when G-d will hasten to bring an end to all sorrow. Look for the good. It really is here.
Thank G-d. Thank G-d. Thank G-d.