July 22, 2008

Emunah with Stress

Filed under: Blog Torah,Mishaps/tests/U name it — Reb Moshe @ 1:56 am

I have been asking myself this question for quite sometime. Can a person still have emunah, pure faith and at the same time be stressed out. For a while, I thought no! Emunah means totally trusting in Hashem and if you have real trust, you should never be stressed but now I beg to differ. Certainly, having emunah means not worrying a lot but practically speaking, you can still have pure emunah and be stressed out.
Going to sleep at night, you think about who you owe money too and what bills will shortly arrive. Then you remember about Hashem and try to push off the pressures knowing He will come to your aide. Even so, the bills from yesterday still haunt you and you don’t really feel so worthy of the extreme salvation you truly need. Do you have emunah, yes! You know Hashem will support you in the end. He will not abandon you and salvation will come. Still you have stress and if you didn’t you wouldn’t be human. You should care about those you owe money too and those of your family or friends you can’t provide for before you close your eyes. But to say you don’t have pure emunah, it isn’t so. Is it okay to be worried, well, if Hashem can feed a little worm or ant… You don’t see a worm having a panic attack or worried. In fact, he will just burry himself in the ground until the next food calling. So, worry you should not. Hashem will answer your call. Stress, well, it simply isn’t healthy physically or spiritually. You have to find a solution for this but the first place to start is to realize that your faith is still in tact and be happy on this. Exercise, eating well, vitamin b6, a shirk, who knows but I would like to separate more the two. Being Stressed doesn’t mean you don’t believe. It doesn’t mean you are worshiping idols. It simply means that something is missing in your life and there is pressure from this. Increasing your emunah is helpful but not always the only solution. Israelis seem to deal with stress a bit better then us Americans. Maybe it is because they know how to let it out.
Never in my life have I known a greater pill for stress then Torah.
Your welcome to disagree or to agree to disagree on this post. As I said originally, it is something I have been pondering for quite some time.

2 Comments »

  1. BS”D It is true, Torah is darchei shalom, the way to peacefulness and ease. But a running thought that I forcefully (ratzon) focus on is I refuse to allow this weight to rest on my shoulders. Like King Chizkiyahu who slept a peacful rest before his major successful battle, we must hand over the responsbility to Hashem. Every bill, every worry and anxiety, I have done enough. Suffered enough. And it’s time for Hashem to assist. These are not my bills, not my worries. They are caused by this painful exile that Hashem has placed me in. I refuse to let this cripple me physically and spiritually, intellectually and emotionally.

    When the Lubavitcher Rebbe first enouraged the statement “We want Moshiach now!” people were taken aback. People said, perhaps it would be better to say instead “we would like” or “please”. But as was the approach of the Rebbe, Hashem appreciates this righteous chutzpah. There’s a reason why emunah (faith) is usually paired with bitachon (firm trust). Emunah is for something your don’t neccesarily see clearly with your vision, but you know it to be true (in Kabbalah, it is the unknowable head, radlah, of Keter). Bitachon is to see it. You can grasp it. Now, you just want it to happen already! We know it’s going to be better. We just have to be firm to refuse to allow these bills, seemingly in our name, to remain our responsibility any longer.

    When I feel the weight piling on my shoulders again, I forcefully push it off. This is not my burden. Hashem, please, reveal some of your infinite kindness on your people Israel.

    Comment by Yonason Shlomo — July 22, 2008 @ 11:48 pm

  2. yes, Rebbe Nachman says something simular. That a person has to have boldness when it comes to serving Hashem. He also says that Hashem wants to be defeated with words and petitions. How then can we just remain silent? The entire purpose of our obsticles is in order for us to call out.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — July 23, 2008 @ 5:39 pm

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