|Examine Your Life
Question 33: How much courage do I need?
23 (Mizmor of Dovid). Hashem is my Ro’eh (Shepherd); I shall not lack.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the mei menuchot (tranquil waters).
3 He restoreth my nefesh; He guideth me in the paths of tzedek l’ma’an Shmo (righteousness for the sake of His Name).
Yea, though I walk through the Gey Tzalmavet (Valley of the Shadow of
Death), I will fear no rah (evil); for Thou art with me; Thy shevet
(rod) and Thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a shulchan
before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with
shemen (olive oil); my kos runneth over.
6 Surely tov and chesed
shall follow me kol y’mei chaiyyai (all the days of my life): and I
will dwell in the Bais Hashem l’orech yamim (for length of days, whole
Emuna manifests as courage when one puts their trust
in Hashem. The more a person feels the presence of Hashem, the less
they fear, anyone or anything. Rabbi Schwartz :
We need courage to enter that which we fear. This includes all that is unknown and unfamiliar to us.
living requires continuous growth. We need to expand our Torah
knowledge, and this very much includes learning to know Hashem. In
addition, and no less important, we need to know ourselves, our
weaknesses and strengths. With this knowledge we may then become better,
kinder, more refined and sensitive people.
This growth sends us
into unchartered territory, a realm of self we have never before
explored. As such, we feel reluctant and uncomfortable about growth,
preferring instead the comfort of staying the same. Courage however can
help and excite us to step up to and conquer our new, higher, more
Our source of courage is our faith and trust
in Hashem. Hashem has thrust us into a world that requires us to adapt
and change, and He will help us through it in the best possible way. We
are the baby taking his first steps, and Hashem is right behind us,
supporting and cheering us all the way.
Let's commit ourselves
then to journey on through life, together with healthy portions of
courage and faith, until gradually we may reach the magnificent future
that awaits us all.
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