Trust is …. how the holy Baal Shem Tov brought the hidden jewels of the Torah into the world. As a poor orphan in the 1700’s in a small town of the Ukraine, he spent much of his time in nature meditating and connecting to his faith in Hashem (G-d). He had a tremendous well of compassion for others and became a school teacher of young children before revealing his depth as a brilliant scholar and leading the Jewish Chassidic movement. The people of his generation were poor and had suffered horrifically from the anti- semitic pogroms. HIs immense kindness and integrity led people to trust in him when at 36 years old he revealed to the world the jewels of Jewish mysticism for all to enjoy.
Today is his birthday and may it be a blessing for us all.
Two of his teachings:
“Your fellow is your mirror. If your own face is clean, so will be the image you perceive. But should you look upon your fellow and see a blemish, it is your own imperfection that you are encountering – you are being shown what it is that you must correct within yourself.”
“Everything is by Divine Providence. If a leaf is turned over by a breeze, it is only because this has been specifically ordained by G‑d to serve a particular function within the purpose of creation.”
18th day of the Jewish month of Elul – the month of Trust