Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Trusting in God in times of hardship

When a Jew confronts a difficult situation in life, s/he is commanded to turn to God and ask for help (Maimonides, Laws of Prayer). At the same time, if, after praying we nonetheless encounter hardship, we must remain steadfast in our belief that whatever God does is for the good. In fact in the very same moment a Jew Whatever our circumstances may be, we must them with joy, and at the very same moment a Jew must accept his present circumstances with joy, and ask and trust that these circumstances be transformed into tangible, revealed good. This is the essence of complete trust in God.

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