Monday, September 13, 2010

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What’s Wrong With Emunah?

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.

6 comments:

smb said...

interesting point

Anonymous said...

boy you were really asleep at this weeks parshat haazinu the song that recounts Hashems anger at am yisrael ! To say we are out of the woods because several thousand boys and girls want to join the adf arab defense forces I mean idf is quite negligent on your part when 99/100 of religious jewry wont budge from diaspora without the messiah . As far as health there are more problems then ever wheather psychological emotional been to the 125,000 people plus gay parade in the pink city tel aviv or physical /stress etc .

Anonymous said...

boy you were really asleep at this weeks parshat haazinu the song that recounts Hashems anger at am yisrael ! To say we are out of the woods because several thousand boys and girls want to join the adf arab defense forces I mean idf is quite negligent on your part when 99/100 of religious jewry wont budge from diaspora without the messiah . As far as health there are more problems then ever wheather psychological emotional been to the 125,000 people plus gay parade in the pink city tel aviv or physical /stress etc .

Anonymous said...

Boker Tov.
To Anonymous above,
I state that Rebbe Locks is not oblivious nor asleep. Just because his comments stress the positive does not mean he is unaware of the negative.
Sometimes it is the positive that must be focused upon, to see us through. From a perspective of community, we are all responsible for one another to a degree: then there is a time when each must be responsible for their own actions (Yehoshua, 24,15).
Be not afraid is true: if...if...we do what we must...Torah and Mitzvot, and help one another. Tikkun Olam means being who we are even when all that you referenced is taking place. G-D's hand is upon all things. He made "policy." Our "job" is to follow it.
Learn Torah. Live it. Lead others to it. Embracing emunah, as the Rebbe said, does not mean lying upon our backs and groveling as dogs. It means to not grovel..to stand and face it all with courage. Mourn that all of us will not do it...but take note of it as an objective lesson...as what not to do.
Wherever I set my foot: there, is Eretz Yisrael; as long as a single one of us lives by the Torah of HaShem, I know my heart will never die.
Shalom, v'l'chayyim.
Yeshayahu Galluzzo

Shiloh said...

Yeshayahu, are you in Israel now? I agree with anon above, there is a major tikun needed here. Pretending that all is good is the ostrich syndrome. Israel is NOT going to enter the geulah the easy way. Its going to be very difficult the next two years. Remember according to the talmud, we will get the mashiach we never wanted.

You say Torah, correct, mitzvoth, which ones? I work pretty much only in the charedim community. Don't tell me things are all right as they do "Torah and mitzvoth" all day long. Like times before we where hammered by the goyim because of how we acted to each other. You think it will be different entering the geulah. HaShem states that He will do so, not for us, but to keep His Great Name.

I was in a 'Rav's' house today, doing a tikun on something, they asked the kablan if I as 'dati' because I don't wear their polish outfits of the goyim. Earlier I went out to get something to fix a problem that the rebbetzin had. I went to hand it to the 'Rav' and he turned away as he is too 'big' to take something from a Jew who does not wear the purim costume. I could write a book, but you get the picture.

There is a yeshuv that we are about to work at, and I asked about who they accept to live there. They must only be super machmer. The kablan who lives there also, said quite seriously, that the Mashiach would not be allowed to live there. Not a joke. The one who haShem chooses is not good enough for the charedim, why I must ask. Frankly p-sses me off their midot and arogance.

One thing, there are many who see the problems and know we are heading for a major major rough ride. Emunah will be what it takes to help us through it all, but I can't stress enough, we damn well better wake up to the fact that haShem run's the show, the rabbi's play games and offend those daily whom are the least they should ever offend. T'shuva back to haShem and start treating fellow Jews, no matter how they dress with dignity and respect. Why, because it will be measure for measure in the geulah.

There certainly is a reason I am surrounded by the charedim all the time. I am fine until they see that I disagree with their ultra worship of the microscopic. Like the late Rav Kaduri said, and I should take comfort in this, that the secular will have an easier time with the Mashiach then will the religious. They are in so deep they can't see the forest for the trees. Like a virtual prison that they want all to enter into the forever abyss.

Have an easy fast this Yom Kippur.

Crazy Smade said...

So, if HaShem demands emunah, then why does HaKodesh Baruch Hu leave one literally stuck in an anti-emunah environment?

Can you plant a rose bush in the ground at the South Pole and expect it to survive and grow? And who has the money to build and maintain a hot house garden at the South Pole? Last time I checked there weren't any "grants" being given to individuals desirous of constructing a green house in the Antarctic.

I trust that the metaphor is clear enough.

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