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I believe!

How do you do it, how do you believe b’Emunah shleimah (with full faith)? Certain things I am dealing with right now are severely testing my faith, and I know that I need to work harder on knowing deep within my soul that this will all work out the right way, that it’s all part of God’s plan. Blind faith – does there come a point that you have to admit it isn’t working? Or is blind faith like that old chestnut of the man hanging off a cliff, ignores the rescue attempts, dies and then asks God why He didn’t help him and gets told “who do you think sent you the helicopter…??” If you do your Hishtadlut – due diligence – you need to be able to trust that it’s all safe in God’s hands, right? Is that what blind faith is?

Is having true emunah and bitachon an issue that FFBs struggle with more than BTs or converts? Is it because I was brought up with God front and centre that I take Him for granted until things go wrong and then have a hard time believing and trusting 100%?

What do you do to improve your belief and faith in God? Can you help me do it too?

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Emunah and Bitachon

I recently guest posted on DovBear on the subject of choosing to be a religious single mother, and another guest poster called one of my sentences into question. Here is the original article , and this link is to the question.  Below also the text that is being debated.

I also wondered, where is this woman’s emunah, faith, in G-d? Does she not trust that He will send her a husband when He decides it’s the right time? That if G-d decides she should have a child, then He will make it happen the right way?

A discussion ensued into what is emunah, how can we call into question someone else’s emunah. Read the comments on both those posts – it makes for extremely interesting reading.

But here is my confusion. What is the difference between emunah and bitachon? Emunah is always translated as faith or belief in G-d and bitachon as trust in Him. What is the difference? And once you understand the difference how to you explain it to a child? To someone just starting out in Judaism? I very much look forward to your answers.

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