Beshalach II


Parshat Beshalach  by Rav Shmuly

The Chassidic thinker (the Netivot Shalom) explains that there are two types of Trust (בִּטָחוֹן). One we learn from the Exodus from Egypt (יציאת מצרים): how to give up control and be patient and wait (שב ואל תעשה) and one we learn from the Splitting of the Sea (קריעת ים סוף): rising up and acting in situations of uncertainty (קום ועשה).
Sometimes our trust-challenge is to give up control and cultivate the trust to calmly keep walking on the same righteous path as we spiritually wait for change. Other times, our trust-challenge is to actively change the course and remain confident as we strive to take control of the situation and create change.
Each day, we might ask ourselves: In what area of my life do I need to just stay the course, let go of control, and stop wasting so much of my physical and spiritual energy in anxiety about that which I cannot control. We might also ask: in what area of my life do I need to rise up, become more active, take control, and create change.
May we have the wisdom to find this spiritual clarity and then strengthen our trust (1. trusting in the conclusion that the highest good will ultimately prevail 2. trusting that the ontological foundation of all being, of all existence, is itself good 3. trusting in the process itself that walking the righteous path is good in itself) as we walk (passively & actively) from darkness to light, from uncertainty to clarity, as each of us leaves our narrow place (מִצְרַיִם) each day to cross through a new sea. The uncertainty itself is holy since it deepens the light of trust in us, and thus our sense of the holy interdependence & spiritual interconnection of ALL. May this deep trust (בִּטָחוֹן) reinvigorate and renew us.