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  • Yehuda Pevzner

Think Good

Soon after Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses) was born, he was placed in the Nile river, to evade capture by the Egyptians. Batya, the daughter of Parao’h, found him flowing on the water. She took him in and raised the baby like her own. In fact, she was the one who named him, “Moshe”, which means “to draw out,” because she drew him from the water.

Young Moshe grew up in the palace. One day, as a young teenager, he went out to see his brethren, the Jews. He saw an Egyptian beating up a Jew. Moshe stood up for his fellow Jew and killed the Egyptian. The next day, he went out again and saw two Jews fighting with each other. Moshe interfered and called out, “Rasha! You wicked man! Why are you hitting your friend?!” One of the men responded, “Why are you mixing in? Are you planning to kill me like you killed the Egyptian the other day?”

The Torah, in this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Shmot, resumes the narrative, telling us that Moshe became afraid that word got out. Soon, Parao’h found out and tried to kill him. Moshe flees to Midyan, to save his life.

The Rebbe teaches us that this fear is what caused this outcome.

The concept of trust in G-d is that a person has absolute confidence that Hashem will save him from all troubles. As such, he has no reason to fear anything that comes his way. Trust in G-d is not only the belief that He can save him from his woes, but it is the conviction that He will. The person who has trust in G-d is so firm in this belief, that he does not have even a shred of worry, no matter what comes his way. This trust is believing that Hashem will do good for us, no matter if we deserve it or not. We trust that G-d will do good in a tangible, visible way.

It’s the trust itself that determines the outcome. By thinking and truly believing that it’ll be good, it will in fact be good.

Shabbat Shalom!

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