Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

The Path of the Just

Chapter 21 (Part 4)

The only thing that will undo the sorts of preoccupations and worries that distract us from our dreams of piety, Ramchal suggests, is trusting in G-d -- “casting one's lot upon G-d completely”, as he words it.

That means to say, we'd need to believe in G-d so vigorously and intensely that we'd actually leave our lives and the world at large to His care. For while most of us believe in G-d as our Creator and as the Almighty, few of us base our day-to-day decisions on His living presence.. We often act as if He'd somehow "retired" or "gone part-time" long, long ago, and that the world was largely in our own hands, which is so fallacious.

That's most especially true when it comes to our livelihood. Despite the fact that we'd been taught long ago that "all of one's sustenance (for the year to come had already been) fixed on Rosh HaShannah" (Betzah 16a) by G-d. and that G-d sees to it that "one cannot have as much as a hair's-breadth worth of another's possessions" (Yoma 38b) given that He Himself measures it all out beforehand, we nonetheless forget all that and push ourselves ever onward as if we could thwart those realities.

The truth is we could have been able to do nothing, for all intents and purposes, and yet had enough to eat, drink, and all the rest had Adam and Eve not sinned. But they did, and as a consequence we're forced to "eat bread by the sweat of (our) brow" (Genesis 3:19). For had the original plan stayed in place in fact, then like our ancestors who lived on manna in the desert and drank well-water all the time without effort, we too would have come to recognize the hand of G-d in all things. That's not the case, though, so we're hard pressed to lay our trust in Him in fact.

The point to remember, as Ramchal reminds us, is that "it isn't so much the effort (we make) that produces results, it's that the effort is necessary" because of Adam and Eve's blunder. The truth of the matter is that "by making the effort (we) meet that requirement, and we thus produce a receptacle for the blessings of heaven to dwell upon".

For in truth "once you work just a little, all you need do after that is to trust in G-d" Ramchal then assures us, "and you'll never be concerned about worldly matters". Indeed, "your mind will be set free" from your distractions, "and your heart will be prepared for true piety and perfect service to G-d".


 

Text Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org

Rabbi Feldman's new book, Bachya Ibn Pakuda's The Duties of the Heart, is now available! Order Now


 






ARTICLES ON LECH LECHA:

View Complete List

Reaching for Perfection
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

Once a Jew, Always a Jew
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

The Ordeal of Departure
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5771

> Love and Sacrifice
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5761

When Things Don't Go As Planned
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5765

A Fuzzy Picture
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

Looking for a Chavrusah?

A "Sneak Preview" of History
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761

The Moral of the Story
Shlomo Katz - 5768

Rabbi Frand on Parshas Lech Lecha
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5767

ArtScroll

Bless You!
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5766

An Uplifting Experience
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

He Thinks Highly of You
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5775

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Long Distance Call
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5761

Emunah: Keeping the Faith
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

The Standers and the Walkers
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

Reward May Come
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information