20 Dec Emunah and Hishtadlus
In his sefer, Even Yisroel, Reb Yisroel Salanter writes that the Ramban and Chovos Halevavos argue regarding bitachon and hishtad
We find that there are many places in the Ramban on the Torah where it sounds as if he isn’t arguing with the Chovos Halevavos, but rather is agreeing with his position. The Torah teaches us that when Yaakov was getting ready to meet Esav, he prepared for this meeting and did not rely on his tzidkus. Yaakov was mishta
Reb Yisroel Salanter’s source is the Ramban in Parshas Bechukosai regarding refuah
We may conclude that the Chovos Halevavos and the Ramban are not arguing concerning emunah and hishtadl
One still must have that joined by bitachon, which includes four things: Firstly, one must daven and do maasim tovim to help his hishtadlus. Secondly, one may not do any hishtadlus that has even an inkling of an aveirah. Thirdly, one needs bitachon so that one should not worry. A person who worries too much won’t be able to do his avodas Hashem properly. A person who does his hishtadlus can then have bitachon and not worry about the things of which he is not in control. The last part is that the bitachon is there so a person does not overdo it with hishtadlus. Too much hishtadlus shows a lack of faith and also stops a person from having time to do avodas Hashem.
It is essential to have that healthy balance. A great dose of emunah with hishtadlus will give a person a balanced mindset. May Hashem help us all reach clarity and have menuchas hanefesh in our avodah.