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When Hashem wishes to punish someone He takes away their bitachon

BH Hi, I read in Shaar Bitachon page 4 in the White version with Chassidic notes, in the commentary, that the Baal Shem Tov said that a person must pray that his trust be strengthened, because when ...
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Responsibility for Shabbos expenses

There is a Gemara in :ביצה ט"ו which says that expenses for Shabbos are unlike all other expenses in that they are not included in the debits from one's net profit which were predetermined on ...
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What is the emunah challenge in shemitah if there is a 6th year blessing?

The Torah says that in the 6th year of the shemitah cycle there will be a special blessing, an abundance of crop that is sufficient for the 3 upcoming years, so that there will be no shortage of food ...
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Is the order of the Torah part of the principles of faith?

According to my understanding of Rambam's 8th of his 13 principles of faith it is necessary to believe that the Torah as we currently have it is exactly what was told to Moshe by God. From what I ...
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Is Rabbi David Halivni's theory of "Chate’u Yisrael" kfira?

Rabbi David Weiss Halivni proposed a theory of Chate’u Yisrael 1 to resolve tensions between traditional exegesis and source critical methods of examining the Torah. His theory provides a way to ...
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Who is "TL" translator/commentator of Hovot Halevavot?

Bitahon and Hishtadlut for livelihood In the top answer they bring a quote from Hovot Halevavot with one sentence added at the end from "TL". Who is TL?
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Baal Haleshem on Bitachon

I have seen several people mention the position of the R' Shlomo Elyashiv z"l, the "Baal Haleshem", on trust, bitachon. He seems to be one of the main sources for a position different ...
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Bitachon vs emunah

I tried to find the answers to these questions on Google but I couldn't get a definitive answer. What is the definition of emunah? What is the definition of bitachon?
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Would Kavanah (intention) be the appropriate word for applying physical effort to a prayer goal or is there another word/concept for it?

There's an expression, "Pray, but move your feet." The idea of the expression is it's great to pray for things but don't think that means you are excused from putting in effort to work ...
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Discerning how much one should trust Hashem

Shalom. I am far from being a Ba’al Bitachon, but from what I have read - e.g. this: https://www.torah-box.net/jewish-ethics-and-learning/jewish-thinking/emunah-and-bitachon-two-essential-tools_572....
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Can a Jew not believe in G-d?

This is a two part question: Where in the Torah is there an explicit command to believe in God? (e.g. You must believe in God). Yes, I know about the first of the ten commandments and Rambam's issue ...
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Belief in the details of Halacha

The Chazon Ish in the Sefer 'Emunah Ubitachon' says that unless one has focused intensely on trying to believe that all the seemingly small details of halacha are indeed just as serious as killing, ...
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Bitachon when collecting tzedakah

In the Chavos Halevavos chapter on Bitachon, we are comparing an alchemist to someone who has trust in Hashem. Its writes: והשמיני שבעל הכימיה איננו מתעכב בשום מקום מיראתו שמא יתגלה סודו. והבוטח ...
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Non-Jewish philosophical defense of religion

Is there an issue, Hashkafically or otherwise, with using a non-Jewish philosophical argument to defend the belief in Hashem or utility of religion without referencing the Torah? Like referencing Leo ...
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Does trusting in my efforts guarantee I'll be unsuccessful?

R. Bachya ibn Paquda states (Chovos Halevavos, Shaar Habitachon, Pesicha): ואם יבטח על חכמתו ותחבולותיו וכח גופו והשתדלותו ייגע לריק ויחלש כחו ותקצר תחבולתו מהשיג חפצו Taken literally, this implies ...
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How can one reconcile statistics with this pasuk in Koheles?

The pasuk in Koheles states: שַׁבְתִּי וְרָאֹה תַחַת הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ כִּי לֹא לַקַּלִּים הַמֵּרוֹץ וְלֹא לַגִּבּוֹרִים הַמִּלְחָמָה וְגַם לֹא לַחֲכָמִים לֶחֶם וְגַם לֹא לַנְּבֹנִים עֹשֶׁר וְגַם לֹא ...
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Lech Lecha: Avraham fulfilled G-ds mitzvos with joy

Rabbi Yerucham Brodianski in his sefer Siach Yitzchak (Parashas Vayigash, p. 480, sv. תשמע לאומרים) quotes the Nesivos Shalom and says that bitachon in Hashem will give a person inner joy when ...
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Arguments for Judaism from the existence of irrational antisemitism

The visibility made possible by social media has exposed, in sharper relief and magnitude, what has always been there - the hugely disproportional (in terms of relative population percentages) and at ...
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Should one who is unable to do a mitzvah wish he was able to do it?

For example, should one who must go work to make a living wish he can stay and learn, or should he feel that this is the ultimate option that Hashem wants for him and there's no point to wish for ...
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Proof from National Revelation

There is a proof for National Revalation given from Judaism. But I have a question. Even if we were all there, maybe it is possible that some people were speaking from behind the mountain and tricked ...
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Proof from Navi about us returning to Eretz Yisrael

There is a proof given for Judaism from the fact that we returned to Eretz Yisrael, and that was so unlikely, so therefore this proves that the Torah is true. But how do we know if this occurrence is ...
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Is there salvation from ignorance?

How is the relationship between people who had open experiences with God or with his manifestations in relation to those who had nothing? Will God treat them differently when it comes to their ...
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Are there any traditional Jewish sources that indicate one should investigate the truth of Judaism and follow his conclusions?

As noted here, the evidence for Judaism is subject to dispute. The most intellectually honest approach to this question would seem to require one to thoroughly investigate the matter and follow his ...
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What way(s) does Hashem pay you back for money spent on Shabbat/Torah etc

There is a point of halacha that any money spent on Shabbat, Yom tov, or Torah learning is "on Hashem", and one should have complete trust that Hashem will pay it back as He guarantees it. I ...
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What are some books on Emunah? [closed]

Does anyone have any names of books related to faith and Emunah?
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Question about proofs for Judaism

Here are some questions I asked Rabbi Gotlieb and would like to know if anybody knows the answer (please cite sources if necessary? My main question is in the event that the king over israel decides ...
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Flaws in the Kuzari Argument

I recently came across something that challenged my faith. I have believed in Judaism because of the Kuzari Argument. I thought it was a very good argument. But then I came across this article (http://...
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Rav Moshe Sternbuch's position on the belief in HaShem for Gentiles

Among the answers to the following question in this forum: Is it permitted for a Ben-Noach be an atheist? I read that, according to Rav Moshe Sternbuch, as he writes in Teshuvos Vehanhagos 3: 264 and ...
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What is the source of saying Ani Maamin daily?

Many Siddurim have the 13 principles of faith after Shacharit. Where do we find a source for its daily recitation?
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Are there reasons for duties of the heart?

For example, is there a reason for the mitzvah of bitachon? Of emunah? I think this is important to know because the Chovos Halevavos here appears to say one should do rational mitzvos both because ...
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Have any Rabbis discussed hating Hashem as being part of a deeper level of a relationship with him?

There's a belief that the people you love the most are the ones who can make you hurt the most. Friends & family have a closeness to us which can hurt us in a deeply personal way. The anger and ...
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No need to say 13 Ikkarim on Shabbos

Some people have the custom to recite the 13 Ikkarim, The Thirteen Principles of Faith, every day. A condensed version of them appears as the "Ani Ma'amin"s usually printed in a standard ...
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Was Yaakov lacking Bitachon?

When Yaakov becomes afraid of Eisav's arrival, the passuk says that he was very frightened. Chazal in Maseches Brachos note that he was afraid שמא יגרום החטא. Does this display a lack of Bitachon, ...
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Does complete bitachon necessarily eliminate or at least mitigate all anxiety one may experience?

Or put differently, does anxiety always indicate a lack of bitachon. Some claim that bitachon does not (always) mitigate or eliminate anxiety (see the discussion here 1 and Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank ...
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Connection between Tehillim 22 and Purim?

A few years ago, I started hearing around Purim-time the song "Keli, keli, lamah azavtani" - ק-לי ק-לי, למה עזבתני, which comes from Tehillim 22:2: אֵלִ֣י אֵ֭לִי לָמָ֣ה עֲזַבְתָּ֑נִי רָח֥וֹק ...
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Does ‘it is not in heaven’ imply that we ought not hope for further words from Heaven in this life?

I am struggling to understand the implications of Devarim 30:11-14. I have taken the words ‘it is not in heaven’ to mean that the ‘full counsel’ of HaShem is down here, in the Tanakh, and that one ...
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Torah Source For Emergency Fund?

Although it might seem obvious to responsible individuals to have an "emergency fund", some might say it's a lack of bitachon - is there a Torah source (Gemara, Midrash, Halacha, etc) for saving up ...
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What are the 35 cardinal principles enumerated by Jedaiah Penini in the last chapter of his Behinat ha-Dat?

Others, like Crescas and David ben Samuel Estella, spoke of seven fundamental articles, laying stress on free-will. On the other hand, David ben Yom-Tob ibn Bilia, in his "Yesodot ha- Maskil" (...
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Meaning of "Not holding on that level of emuna/bitachon"

(Hi newbie here :) I hope I'm writing this post correctly.) What does it mean when people say "I'm not holding on that level of emuna/bitachon"? I've seen and heard countless times when people say ...
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Strength of faith in coming of the Messiah

I recall hearing long ago that some Jews send out wedding invitations as follows: "The wedding will be in Jerusalem at this place and time. If, heaven forbid, the Messiah has not come by that time, ...
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Is faith being built on 'mind, heart and actions'?

I've found this article online and part of it - from the words: "Philosophers of religion have observed that the word 'faith' covers a number of types or categories of religious existence..." till "...
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How does one know his balance between Hishtadlus and Bitachon?

In every major decision there seems to be a constant struggle between Hishtadlus, doing what is in one’s own power, and Bitachon, leaving it up to Hashem. For example: does one go chase after ...
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If you have 100% trust in hashem, nothing can happen to you

I’ve heard that the more trust you have in Hashem, the more Hashem does for you. For example if you have a high level of Emunah in Hashem that your kids will be handsome, your kids wills come out ...
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Advice to Destroy Anxiety

At times, it is possible for one’s connection to Hashem to lower a bit, resulting in a lack of Emunah and anxiety. (Shall it not happen to anyone!) What are some ways to destroy anxiety? Can you list ...
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How does Hashem relate to the bitachon (faith) of a wicked person?

Chovos Halevavos - Shaar Habitachon Chapter 3 - חובות הלבבות שער הביטחון פרק שלישי מי שיבטח על הבורא והוא ממרה אותו, כמה הוא סכל וכמה דעתו חלושה והכרתו! כי הוא רואה כי מי שנתמנה לו מבני אדם על דבר, ...
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What is the difference between the roots א-מ-ן and ב-ט-ח? Between Emunah and Bitachon?

Both of the א-מ-ן and ב-ט-ח roots are used to imply some level of trust in G-d; i.e., faith in Him. Bereshit 15:6 opens: "And he believed (aman) in the LORD" 2 Melachim 18:5: "He trusted (...
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If we cannot be absolutely certain that Judaism is true/the truth, how can we impose on others in its name? [closed]

If we cannot be absolutely certain that Judaism is true/the truth, how can we impose on others in its name (e.g. killing a fetus endangering its mother's life, warring with Palestinians claiming ...
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Do the sages/mystics endorse the idea that some prayers are more powerful when spoken by individuals of piety or righteousness?

Prayer is a powerful tool. That being said, are tools more powerful when in the hands of someone who knows how to best use them? My question is does there exist an inequality in prayer power. Does a ...
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Oldest Tree and Creation

Since it can be shown that there is a tree over 9,500 years old https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080416104320.htm , and according to the dates in the Torah, mankind has been around for ...
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Is one who maintains an agnostic belief called a min (heretic) [duplicate]

Agnosticism, based on various definitions that I have seen, is defined as one who is beliefs that G-d or supernatural powers cannot be proved or disproved. Other definitions I have seen explain it ...
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