Like the previous inspiration from this new magazine, it comes from Devorah Silberman.
(Link to previous inspiration: what-to-do-with-the-idea-of-hashem-doesnt-give-a-person-a-test-they-cannot-handle-when-you-feel-you-davka-cannot-handle-it-some-revolutionary-insights-from-the-bitachon-magazine.html)
Thank you very much to NEJ for forwarding it!
Here it is:
WHAT IF I’M MAKING NO PROGRESS?
While many of us are aware that there were four people who never sinned in their adult lifetimes, the majority of Yidden do not know that list by heart.
The list of those four people is:
1. Binyamin Ben Yaakov
2. Amram, the father of Moshe Rabbeinu
3. Yishai, Dovid HaMelech's father
4. Kilav ben Dovid (the son by Dovid Hamelech and Avigayil)
Both Mrs. Chayala Torgow and my Rav, Rabbi Naftoly Bier in his Sefer “20 Questions” point out we see that those people are not mentioned many times over in the Torah.
Yet, those who did sin several times in their lifetime are all mentioned on a constant basis in the Torah, such as Moshe Rabbeinu hitting the rock and proclaimed “you rebellious people,” David Hamelech’s sin with Batsheva, Yosef, etc.
All are mentioned on a constant basis in the Torah because Hashem chose people who fell and got up to be our role models.
Think about that for a moment.
The Tanach devotes massive amounts of text to David HaMelech.
An entire sefer of Tanach (Tehillim/Psalms) was written by David HaMelech.
David HaMelech is the seed of Mashiach.
Yet when do we ever hear about his perfect son, Kilav?
(How many people even knew Kilav existed? How many people, when they read the above list, were like, "Kilav? How come I never heard of him...?" Yet Kilav was even more of a tzaddik than his extraordinary father!)
That right there tells us what we need to know about why we struggle so much, why some of us suffered so much & feel so damaged...and how how Hashem really views us.
It's not what we think, not what we were often told.
It's the exact opposite.
As stated later in the same article:
"Your only competition is your potential."
The Bitachon Magazine is related to & under the auspices of Rabbi Yehuda Mandel, but not the same as Bitachon Weekly. The Bitachon Magazine consists of only 4 pages and seems geared more for women (though the above article clearly benefits men too).
I'm not associated with this wonderful initiative in any way, but just passing on subscription information to whoever's interested:
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