Middot of the Month: Bitachon & Emunah

Judaism nurtures our purpose in life to make this world a better place (tikkun olam). The individual and lifelong work of cultivating character traits (tikkun middot) is central to the work of tikkun olam.

Middot of the month Adar (Feb 27- March 27):   Bitachon & Emunah

Bitachon – trust

The Middah of BITACHON, calls on us to adopt a stance of acceptance regarding our lack of ultimate control, while it also summons us to actively assume responsibility for our lives. (ohabei.org)  Cultivating Trust involves letting go of the illusion of control.

Have enough courage to trust love one more time. And always one more time – Maya Angelou

Emunah – faith/ trustworthiness

Emunah shares a Hebrew root with Oman, an artisan — someone who can be trusted or relied upon to produce a quality product. Emunah is that quality of reliability that we engender in others through our sustained honesty and consideration. A person or institution that acts with Emunah/trustworthiness is one in which you can have faith.  (Rabbi David Jaffe)

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