Certain things are useful, even vital, to carry wherever you go. For health of the body, a rubber resistance band in your travel bag will enable you to do a myriad of exercises on the road with no need for a gym or equipment. For emotional health and for instant stress relief, there's something you should carry around in your mind and heart - the spiritual resistance band.
We learn an important new word in Hebrew today - hishtadlus, or effort. The age-old question that each of us has is how much hishtadlus must one do in making a living? What's the relationship between hishtadlus and bitachon, between effort and trust in Hashem? Our sages teach that the material we incorporate in today's lesson is a major income-enhancer.
Some people think that Bitachon is wishful thinking, when a person is confident that Hashem will do whatever he or she wants. Others say no, Bitachon is the calm acceptance of whatever Hashem does, no matter how painful or uncomfortable it might be. Who is right?
What does it mean to trust in the Almighty? What does it do for you? "Lean on Me", our first of a new series of lessons about bitachon - trusting in G-d - will show you just how much you are capable of improving the quality of your life.