People of faith are taught to trust in God and to depend on His decisions for us. But we neither understand what trusting in Him entails nor who God is. So, we’ll examine both here from a classical Jewish perspective.
And we’ll begin with R’ Tzadok HaCohen’s statement that everything we say and teach should serve to explain the fact and make-up of God (Pri Tzaddik, Metzorah 10), and Bachya Ibn Pakudah’s remark that “The philosopher was right when he said that, ‘No one serves The Cause of All Causes and The First of All Firsts but the prophet of the generation, who comes to it naturally, and the master philosopher, who comes to it through wisdom. Everyone else worships someone else.” (Chovot HaLevovot 1:1).
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