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Spiritual Tools: Shomer Emunim: Bitachon

The 6th of Nissan is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Aharon (ben Shmuel Yaakov) Roth, author of Shomer Emunim (1894-1947). Born in Ungvar, Hungary, Rav Aharon had an exceptionally close relationship with the Bluzhever Rebbe. Following the Rebbe’s petira in 1924, the Chassidim wanted to appoint Rav Aharon as Rebbe, but he refused. In 1936, he moved from Satmar to Bergsas, where he founded a yeshiva with students of the highest caliber. It was there that he named his followers “Shomer Emunim.” On Chol Hamoed Sukkos in 1940, he set sail for Eretz Yisrael, where he was niftar six and a half years later.


The Ba’al Shem Tov taught that whenever we discuss Bitachon, we are addressing three things: The Boteiach, the Mavtia’ach, and the Muvtach. The Mavtiach is the wealthy person to whom the Boteiach, the poor person, turns for the Mivtach, that which he needs.

A true Boteiach, when he turns to God as the Mavtiach, must not see the MIvtach, that which he wants, as separate from God, but as the same thing. He must strive for the Mavtiach and the Mivtach to be the same; all he wants is God. That clarity of desire is what will bring all that he needs.

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