Thursday, June 16, 2011

Recommended reading

Rav E.E. Dessler comments on the peril involved in striking the proper balance between bitachon (trust in God) and hishtadlut (the amount a person must endeavor to attain certain goals). To make his points clear, he takes the story of the spies' incursion into the Holy Land and explains exactly what the sin was and where their errors lay in this perspective. The development of his ideas through this prism is truly amazing, and is worth seeing by all.

Unfortunately, it's too long for me to transcribe it for in this forum, but it is at the end of the first volume of Michtav M'Eliyahu under the heading of Bitachon v'Hishtadlut. It has been translated by Rabbi Aryeh Carmell in Strive for Truth!

Also, please refer to B'nei Machshava Tova (the blog, not the sefer) for some practical advice that Rav Dessler imparts at the end of that essay.

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