Monday, January 19, 2009

Dvar Torah (For real this time) from last shabbos

I was sick, so it wasn't my fault that I couldn't post this before Shabbos.
But as I mentioned before, the first Sicha on Shemos of Chelek Lamed Vov is one of my favorites.
Since I was sick, and couldn't work more on writing up the whole thing, here's the synopsis:

What is Bitachon?
It does not just mean that you believe Hashem will do good for you, since Hashem is very kind. For what would be when Hashem does not save you (Chas V'Shalom) from your dire situation? Do you not have confidence in Hashem?
The first answer is that Bitachon is based on Emunah. It is based on the belief that everything that happens is from Hashem. Therefore, if Hashem saves you in the way you need, you can be at ease and happy, knowing you were saved, and it is from Hashem. But even if Chas Vshalom you are not saved, you will be in the exact same mood and Menuchas HaNefesh, since you know that this is also from Hashem, and it must be Hashem is punishing you for some Averios that you did, and were not worthy this time of Hashem's salvation, and this punishment is actually for your eventual benefit (although you may not be able to discern it), since this is 'cleaning up' your nefesh from its sins.
This cannot be the answer either, the Rebbe explains.
In the parsha is recounts how Moshe was afraid that his killing of the Egyptian taskmaster would be public knowledge, after Dasan and Aviram revealed their own knowledge of the event. Afterward, Paroah did find out, and Moshe had to run away to Midyan.
The medrash says the the top Prophet, and top of the Avos both were promised to be taken care of by Hashem, and were still afraid. Moshe, from our parsha, and Yakov Avinu when he was afraid after he heard Eisav was approaching him with hundreds of armed men, looking for trouble.
Two opinions are brought in the Medrash if Moshe and Yakov were correct or not in their fear. Both opinions agree that the fear they each had was that maybe they had done some small wrongdoings, warranting them unfit for Hashem's bracha. One opinion views this as noble. Another views this as not having true Bitachon in Hashem.
Why, though? You have true, 100% trust that Hashem will do good for you, especially if He promised it to you, but what is wrong with thinking that your one little mistake could have ruined it?

To answer that, the Rebbe brings in what the Tzemach Tzedek says, "טראכט גוט וועט זיין טוט", or: Tracht Gut Vet Zain Gut. Didn't help? "Think Good, and it will be Good."
The Rebbe explains that true Bitachon is when you are so confident Hashem will do good for you, that that itself is the cause for Hashem to indeed do good for you.
The positive mindset (and of course it's not that easy. It takes lots of work to make Hashem the one and only thing you rely on. You must cast yourself totally in His Hands.) actually brings the positive result. If you rely on Hashem with no other calculations, then Hashem repays in kind, also without any calculations, like whether you are worthy or not.
So Moshe and Yakov were incorrect in assuming that Hashem would care that they were not worthy. They did not have true Bitachon in Hashem.
And therefore, that is why Hashem caused the bad to come to them!!!
The Rebbe explains that the only reason Paroah found out about Moshe killing the Egyptian was because Moshe was afraid that very thing would happen. Had Moshe been completely confident in Hashem, without any fear, them Paroah would never have found out!!!!!

Incredible, huh??!?!?!!?
One of the main lessons we can learn is that just having Bitachon in Hashem, and that Moshiach is coming will itself cause that Moshiach should come!!

Now, the Rebbe does say that in our daily lives, when we want to have true Bitachon in Hashem, we must also make a Keli for Hashem's Bracha. It is no contradiction to have complete Bitachon in Hashem, and still have a business, in order for Hashem to give you Parnasa.

And Stam, the Rosh in LA always brings the following Mashal about Bitachon:
A guy is Nebach drowning in the river. If there are passing logs nearby, and he tries to grab them to hold on to, that's not Bitachon, and maybe not even Emunah. If there are only some small twigs, and he's hoping that will save him if he grabs on, that is Emunah that Hashem could save him. Only when he has nothing to save him, and the river is rushing him towards the waterfall, and yet still he is smiling because he knows Hashem will save him- that is true Bitachon!