"Bitochon" (trust in English) is the awareness that the Creator is running the world and all that happens is for your ultimate benefit. The more bitochon you have, the less anxiety you will experience.
When you have an internalized awareness that all that He does is for your good, you will find yourself experiencing greater degrees of inner peace and serenity.
Overeating is the number one health problem for most people
On top of that we have what I call the overproduction problem. U.S. Farmers produce 3,800 calories worth of food day for every man, woman, and child in America. That's nearly double what the average person needs. The almost inevitable consequence of this surfeit is a system that encourages full-tile consumption.
Producers and food manufactures want us to eat more of their products, and they are competing with one another to exploit our weaknesses. The food industry spends tens of billions of dollars a year learning the best ways to entice and then acting on that knowledge.
The keen senses we have inherited for salt and sweetness that were once needed for survival (our taste for sweet things, for example, helped early humans sort through leaves to find the the tender young ones with a ready supply of energy) are continually exploited.
The sugar and salt content of products have been ratcheted up to increase our expectations for sweetness and saltiness to get us to eat, and buy, more. What's more, food is sold everywhere-gas stations sell doughnuts and sandwiches, bookstores and department stores offer coffee and sweets, and you can get full, belly-busing meals at baseball and other sporting events.
Restaurants have also gotten into the act. The modest portions of nouvelle cuisine have been overshadowed by super-sizing, and it is not uncommon to be served a meal that contains 1,500 to 2,000 calories, about what you need for an entire day.
This incredible access to food and the nearly unlimted variety of food tests the willpower of even the most sensible eater. When combined with too little physical activity, it is a sure recipe for weight gain. And because weight control IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN YOUR GOOD HEALTH (after not smoking), overeating can pose serious health risks.
From Eat, Drink, and be Healthy the Harvard medical school guide to healthy eating (Walter Willett, MD)
Who's behind terror - Rewound! Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center
Rabbi Meir Kahane- Parshat VaYetzei
Kahane on the Parsha
Rabbi Meir Kahane- Parshat VaYetzei
All G-d Wants Is A Little Faith
Regarding Jacob's ladder, the Rabbis comment (Tanchuma, Vayetzei 2): "G-d showed Jacob the archangels of Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome climbing the ladder and then falling down. Said the Almighty, 'Jacob, why do you not climb?' Jacob was afraid and said, 'Just as those fell so shall I fall.' Said the Almighty, 'If you climb you will not fall.' But he did not believe and did not climb. Concerning this, Rabbi Shmuel Ben Yosina said, 'Nevertheless they sinned further, and did not believe in His wondrous works' (Psalms 78:32). Said the Almighty, 'Had you climbed and believed, you would never have fallen. But since you did not believe, your children will be enslaved to these four kingdoms...'"
G-d promised Jacob in his dream, "I will be with you" (Genesis 28:15), but Jacob was nevertheless scared when he left Laban's house and heard that Esav was approaching. And so, the Almighty sent an angel to wrestle with Jacob and wound him. As the Rabam writes, "Jacob was stricken and limped because he fled [from Esav] even though G-d had promised [to be with him]. In general, we find that anyone who goes on a path that G-d does not desire, or refuses to go on a path that He does desire, is punished."
Fear of man is the key to lack of faith in G-d and none of us, not even the greatest, is immune from it. And it is this fear of human beings rather than trusting in G-d which is the source of the tragedy which, G-d forbid, will befall us. In the words of King Solomon (Proverbs 29:25-26), "The fear of man brings a snare, but he who places his trust in the L-rd shall be safe. Many seek the ruler's favor, but a man's judgment comes from G-d."
Rabbeinu Bechaya in Kad HaKemach:
"And we have seen that the Torah warned us against fearing the nations: 'When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and a people more numerous than you, you shall not fear them; for the L-rd, your G-d, who brought you up out of the Land of Egypt, is with you' (Deuteronomy 20:1). The Torah further states, 'Who is the man who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house' (ibid. 20:8). For the fear of the nations has conquered him, and while it is possible that he truly believes that everything is in G-d's hand, his heart is weak and his nature inferior because his soul did not grow in the element of trust...And there is no doubt that he who fears the might of flesh and blood is low of soul and he who fears man forgets the Almighty..."
The reality of our times. The fear of human beings and the erosion of faith in the Almighty so that we pay lip service to the general concept of trust in G-d but shrink from the reality of the steps we must take in every actual, individual challenge. And so we are terrified at the thought of losing American aid and President Bush and his Baker and his Dole send hysteria through the ranks of the Jewish rank.
We are convinced- in our lowness of soul- that we cannot survive without the gentile and thus are terrified at the thought of isolation. We see it as a curse when it is the greatest blessing imaginable. "And He shall drive out the enemy from before you and shall say: 'Destroy them!' Israel shall then dwell in safety alone..." (Deuteronomy 33:27). And the Ohr HaChaim says: "'Israel shall then dwell in safety.' When? When he is alone..."
Isolation. That is the role and obligation and destiny of the Jew. And how we have lost our way...
The Jewish Press, 1990
The video that puts the U.N. to SHAME!
The United Nations should be ashamed of themselves. Not only do they pass resolutions against Israel that are completely unjustified, but they then want to USE Israel for all their advancements in the modern world.
So when there's an opportunity to be anti-Semitic, the U.N. is happy to point fingers at Israel. Yet when they want to benefit from Israel's contributions to the world, they have no problem taking what they want.