Havayah (GOD) shall be for me Elokim (God).” (Genesis 28:21) 1 That is, [you are to] “Acknowledge Him in all your ways” (Proverbs 3:6), whether it is something good or bad. 2 Thus if, Heaven forbid, something bad happens to you, consider that it is surely to atone your sin. 3 On the other hand, the tzadik should worry about good things happening to him, because they may be at the expense of his merits. 4 This is the meaning of “Havayah shall be for me Elokim”: Havayah, [signifying] the attribute of mercy, may in fact be [for me] the attribute of judgment indicated by [the Name] Elokim; 5 thus I must continuously increase [my] merits. 6