Parshat Shoftim

This week’s parasha is Shoftim ๐Ÿ“–

When coming into battle Hashem asks the Jewish people, โ€œwhat are you afraid of?โ€. In this week’s parasha, Shoftim, Hashem reminds us that we have to remember that He loves us. It is up to us to believe, have emunah, and trust, bitachon, that, ultimately, everything is in His hands.

Bitachon is such an important middah that we need to constantly work on it. We need to be conscious of this character trait and use it to deepen and develop our relationship with Hakadosh Baruch Hu.

We NEED to nurture and keep that connection because if we don’t have it, that’s when all the problems begin. We begin to look at our friend with a jealous eye, look at our neighbour with resentment, all because we FEEL that somebody else has what we should have. But Hashem tells us straight out – “No! Hold on now. You are in MY hands and therefore you don’t have to worry.”

Hashem reminds us repeatedly that he has taken care of us and he will take care of us going forward. Ten plagues, freedom from Mitzrayim, wandering the desert. He was with us throughout! As humans we can never know the bigger picture. However we have no reason to fear. He gives us exactly what we need and at the right time. The good AND the bad.

We have just entered into the month of Elul, the month of intimacy. This is the month where we are able to feel our relationship with Hahsem the most. He is in the field WITH us, wanting that connection to us. ืื ื™ ืœื“ื•ื“ื™ ื•ื“ื•ื“ื™ ืœื™. I am for my beloved and my beloved is to me. Bitachon needs to go alongside that relationship. A lot of the time we have the emunah, faith, that Hashem is there but we don’t have the bitchon, the unshaken belief and willingness to trust in him.

So let’s try and push ourselves to work harder on feeling this important emotion of faith and trust in Hashem in our everyday activities and bring Him into every aspect of our lives. We can build a strong foundation for a year ahead filled with tremendous blessing and an unbreakable connection to our Father, our King.

โœจ *Shabbat Shalom* โœจ