Faith and Trust

This is a very special month in the Jewish calendar, it is right before the high holidays, and when we examine our lives, reconnect, and move forward with a clean slate.  I feel so grateful to have faith and trust, the following article talks about the difference between just belief and actual faith.

Dogma transforms religiosity into a showcase, and the result is indifference to the sacred. Dogma is a dead thought, while faith is a living experience. Dogma is an attempt to believe; faith is the will to wonder.Dogma is built from conventional notions and mental clichés. Faith is marveling at the incomprehensible and experiencing the world more as a question than an answer. Living by dogma is like demonstrating the beauty of classical music by showing somebody Mozart’s musical score and informing him that he no longer needs to hear the music.”

From my beautiful grandma that just turned 101, I got her happy genes, and from my mother I got complete trust and connection.  It makes complete sense to me to trust 100%, everything in life falls into place, and I consciously stay present, feel, and focus on living fully.  Beautiful words below to explain the power of trust.

Shabbat Shalom,

Coach Yulia


Dorothy Tiano Melvin

Do one kindness every day without letting anyone know. It will become a way of life.

“Anyone who trusts in G-d, believes in G-d, but not everybody who
believes in G-d trusts in G-d.” It is a simple matter to believe in
G-d, because belief demands nothing of us — it does not demand that a
person conduct himself in a particular way, leaving him the freedom to
do what he wants while professing his “belief” in G-d. The hard part
is to live our lives according to that belief and actually place our
trust in G-d — to do what is right because it’s right, even though
it’s not necessarily expedient or comfortable. In fact, the Vilna Gaon
(circa 1770) writes that the main purpose of the Torah is to teach us
how to trust in G-d. This week, we are given a mitzvah “to be complete
[or wholehearted] with G-d.” One of the interpretations of this is not
to utilize any method of predicting the future. By attempting to
predict the future, we are demonstrating not only a lack of trust in
G-d, but also a total misunderstanding of what G-d is about. We are
limiting G-d’s infinite ability to direct the future and change our
destiny in an instant and, by believing that our destiny is
predetermined, we are abrogating our responsibility to be accountable
for our actions. What a person should really do is put in his best
efforts to achieve his goals, yet realize that, ultimately, the
results aren’t up to him, but to G-d. A person should trust that the
Divine knows what He is doing, even when it may look otherwise. This
particular mitzvah is probably placed in the section of Shoftim
(judges) because, ultimately, whether or not we succeed in our
endeavors in life is up to G-d, the ultimate judge. King David writes
“The person who trusts in G-d [and doesn’t just believe] will be
surrounded by kindness.”

Shabbat Shalom!
Rabbi Jawary

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