"The Duties of the Heart"
Gate Six: "Surrendering to G-d"
Since we already know how to surrender to others' wills (as we saw last
time) it would obviously do us well to channel that ability into our
service of G-d. So let's see the instances in which we indeed succumb to
others, then offer instances in which we already surrender to G-d.
We succumb to others' wishes, for example, when we're ill or debilitated;
when we're poor and in need of help; when we owe someone a favor or have
to repay a debt; when we're imprisoned or captured; when we come upon
personal troubles, etc.
And we indeed succumb to G-d's wishes when we're moved to repent for our
sins; when we sense our sins on an even deeper level and fear for our
seperation from Him; when we realize our sure mortality and come to
appreciate what matters most and to spurn what doesn't matter, etc.
We'll offer other instances in which we're encouraged to surrender our
wills next time.
Text Copyright © 2004 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org