In this week’s Parsha, we read of G-ds initial conversation with Abraham, (at this point his name is still Abram). As an old man, he decides to follows G-ds directive to leave his home, and to settle in the future Land of Israel. Abraham was the original paradigm of Trust in G-d, called in Hebrew, Bitachon.
It is a foundation of our Religion, that although we must live and work in the world, we are to always remember that it is only G-d that provides for us and guides us. We might have done the work, and our boss might have given us the paycheck, but a Jew knows that everything ultimately comes from G-d. And if we really think about it, we realize that G-d is the only one deserving of true, absolute Trust.
This is spelled out in the work “Chovas Halelavos”, or “The Duties of the Heart”, a medieval guide for Jewish spirituality. In this book there is a list of seven factors that cause someone to trust in another. These seven factors are;
1. The person you trust must have compassion, empathy and love towards you.
2. The person you trust must never disregard your needs, and always tries to fulfill them.
3 The person you trust must be strong, and able to fulfill your needs.
4. The person you trust must intrinsically know all your needs, and never be unaware of them.
5. You must be in the exclusive care of the one you trust, from the day we are born until we die.
6. You are completely in the hand of the person you trust, and no other entity is able to affect you.
7. The person you trust is absolutely kind, whether that kindness is deserved or not.
Clearly, these criteria for complete trust are only met by G-d. By virtue of our heritage we all share this intense Trust in G-d, as an inheritance from our ancestors. May we all have the inner strength to tap into it, and live by it.