16 Nisan 5775
1st Day Chol Hamoed Pesach
Excerpt from the Questions and Answers section of Binyamin Golden's most recent message...
Q. The Passover holiday is getting close, and the Passover holiday is a matter of faith [emunah], and it needs to be very significant for us, the great test of the End of Days, as is known, is a test of faith, 'and the righteous will live by his faith'...
A. Faith [emunah] - that's one thing, and trust [bitachon], that's another thing. Faith - it's a very high level, but trust is an even higher level. Because, with trust we are ready to sacrifice ourselves and to know that everything is from HKB"H, to know that He is the Almighty, and it doesn't matter what - whatever He does is for our good. Even if it causes us pain - it doesn't matter.
Q. The great elevation of Am Yisrael is that they went out of Egypt without any basis as to how they would live in the desolate desert...
A. That's it. That's trust. Faith - it's belief that HKB"H exists and that He is the Almighty, but trust - it's when they went out, they took the sheep and tied them to their bed and did not fear the Egyptians, because they had trust in HKB"H. Faith and trust together, the moment that a Jew has these two things, no one can defeat him.
My ten agarot's worth: You might have emunah that airplanes can fly, but if you refuse to get on one, you have no bitachon. Taking the idea a bit further, a Jew can have emunah that Hashem gave us Eretz Yisrael and that all Jews should live there, but it takes bitachon to actually go and settle there. If you are a Jew still living in the physical exile, you really should be checking your level of bitachon. Seriously.
I am the Lord, your God, Who took you out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, to be a God to you. (Vayikra 25:38)