Thursday, September 02, 2004

Yirah & Emunah/Bitachon

According to Rabbeinu Yonah's Igeret/s ha-Teshuvah, Bitachon (faith in God) & Yirah (fear of God) are intimately connected, though he does not explain how.
My explanation is that faith & a belief in God and that he runs the Universe results both is faith/Bitachon and a fear (Yirah) of doing something that against His Will. So they are flip sides of accepting the Jewish religious worldview.
For some reason, however, love of God (Ahavah), does not necessarily entail this acceptance of the Divine reality. Perhaps love of God can be based upon a more amorphous understand of God without the fear & trembling of the Divine.

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