The Balancing Act of Bitachon and Hishtadlut

balancing act of bitachon and hishtadlut

Parashat Beshalach 5772

It doesn’t matter where you look, there are contradictions.

For just one example, let’s look at an event recorded in Shmuel I Chapter 16.

Shaul is king, but he has not fulfilled his potential. God tells Shmuel to go to Bethlehem where he will anoint a new king.

We would expect Shmuel to say something like, “Great idea! I’m on it today.”


Stand Still or Move?

waves at sunset

Parashat Beshalach 5772

There’s a saying: When in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.

There is nothing worse than not knowing what to do. How do you decide what to do when every action seems to have negative consequences?

This week I want to explore how the Jewish People dealt with such a situation.


Talk about Money – NOW?


Parashat Bo 5772

Often to understand the current parasha it is necessary to look back in the Torah.

Earlier this week I raised questions about the Jews borrowing objects from the Egyptians. The obvious problem was that the Jews were leaving Egypt and therefore could not possibly return the borrowed objects. Isn’t that a significant ethical lapse?


May I Please Borrow a Cup of Sugar?

sugar cookies

It’s a sure fire way to meet your new neighbors. Walk next door with a measuring cup in your hand and say, “Hi. We just moved in. I want to bake cookies, but I can’t find the sugar. May I please borrow a cup of sugar?”

Of course, they’ll say yes and you are well on your way to forming a new friendship.

That’s great when you’re new in a community. Does the same thing work when you are leaving?