The Hebrew root for Bitachon is ב.ט.ח. (B.T.Ch.) which means to be at ease, to trust and to be confident. In modern Hebrew the word Bitachon also means security and thus the Misrad HaBitachon is the Defense Ministry or Bituach Leumi is the National Insurance system. In classic Jewish literature the ultimate source of this sense of ease and trust is God.


Videos:



Written, drawn, and animated by Hanan Harchol, JewishFoodForThought.comHanan impersonated his parents' voices. More animations by Hanan Harchol as well as study guides by Rabbi Leora Kaye are available at JewishFoodForThought.com.






Countering fear by cultivating bitachon/trust and chesed/lovingkindness.

Focus Phrases:


  • “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ― Corrie ten Boom
  • “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” ― Ernest Hemingway
  • “Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” ― Maya Angelou
  • “I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you're going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.” ― C. JoyBell C.
  • “None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.” Paulo Coelho, //Brida//
  • “You see, you closed your eyes. That was the difference. Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too--even when you’re in the dark. Even when you’re falling.” Mitch Albom, //Tuesdays with Morrie//
  • “To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” ― George MacDonald
  • “To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” Alan W. Watts
  • “Faith does not need to push the river because faith is able to trust that there is a river. The river is flowing. We are in it.” Richard Rohr
  • Melody Beattie, "The Language of Letting Go:" "Today, I will stop straining to know what I don't know. To see what I can't see. To understand what I don't yet understand. I will trust that being is sufficient, And I will let go of my need to figure things out."

Texts:

Children's Unit from Beth El, Sudbury River Valley:


Songs:

B'chasd'cha batachti ("I Trust in Your Kindness," Psalm 13:6), Hazzan Ayelet Piatigorsky (West End Synagogue, NY)

Bitachon Chants and Phrases (from Congregation Har Hashem)

Posters and Banners:

Congregation B'nai Keshet
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Congregation Beth El
    1. April Bitachon Main Poster: April Bitachon Main Poster.pdf
    2. April Bitachon Conversation Poster: April Bitachon Conversation Poster.pdf
    3. April Bitachon Banner. Artist: Roz Grunman. Fabric
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Bitachon banner.jpg


Congregation Beth Evergreen
    1. bitachon poster
    2. April Bitachon poster.docx

General Material:

    1. NYU Bitachon
    2. Congregation B'nai Jacob Powerpoint
    3. Congregation B'nai Keshet - Bitachon
    4. Chochmat Halev
      1. TRUST.docx
    5. JCC of San Francisco
      1. Bitachon
    6. Temple Beth Sholom
      1. Bulletin article 1: bitachon bulletin.docx
      2. Bulletin article 2: bitachon II bulletin.docx
      3. Parent-child PPT: Bitachon and Emunah.pptx
    7. Temple Sholom
      1. The Tikkun Middot Project: Nisan- Bitachon; trust
    8. Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
      1. Trust is a very challenging middah to cultivate.
        Most of us prefer to control our destinies and assume that control is possible. If I work hard, I
        will receive good grades and be admitted to a college of my choice, or I will be promoted and
        receive a salary increase. If I raise my children correctly, they will be healthy and happy. If I eat
        right and stay fit, I will live a long, healthy life. In fact, the most qualified people do not always
        get admitted by college admissions committee. They don’t always get promoted or even
        retained. Debilitating chronic illness, fatal ones, and accidents cause suffering that does always
        correlate with our self-care. We are not always able to control our good fortune. Often enough,
        when our plans are derailed, we don’t know what is going to happen next.
        Cultivating Bitachon/Trust involves letting go of the illusion of control. We keep walking
        towards unknowable destinations, trusting that we will deal with events as well as we can as
        things happen. By no means do we sit and wait to be rescued; we still work actively, using our
        best judgment, to have an impact on our own fate and the fate of the world. But we do so while
        trusting that while we don’t know everything and can’t foresee the future, we trust that things
        will work out.