It is already three years since I was diagnosed with ALS. For me, though it has been difficult, it has not been so draining because I really can’t do much. But I have been watching my wife, Dina, do everything double, maybe triple, her normal work load. And on top of that all, she has to contend with the emotional strain, hurt and suffering of not having a regular husband to come home to. Then she finds the strength to smile and give inspirational talks.

I have no idea how she does it.

When there is no gas left and you can still do so much, there is a miracle happening. And this miracle is because of your trust in G‑d.

In the portion of Behar, we learn about the mitzvah of Shemittah, the sabbatical year. “Six years you should sow your fields . . . and gather its produce. And in the seventh year, the land must be given complete rest, a sabbatical for G‑d, you may not sow your fields . . . ”

This is one of the most difficult mitzvahs, because if all of Israel refrains from sowing their fields, what is there to eat?

In answer to this question, G‑d says, “I will command my blessing for you in the sixth year, and it will yield (enough) produce for three years”—for the remainder of the sixth year, through the seventh until after the harvest of the eighth year.

Still we find that this mitzvah is so difficult that during the First Temple era, 70 Shemittah years were not kept properly. Because of this, after the destruction of the First Temple, we were in exile for 70 years. It is obvious that this mitzvah is super important to G‑d, and that keeping it is key to bringing Moshiach.

What is at the essence of this mitzvah?

We all have a relationship with G‑d. For some of us, it is strong; for others, it is less strong. And for some, it is one of rejection. Many of us run the gamut—a roller-coaster-ride relationship with our Maker.

What G‑d wants most from us is that we trust in Him. And this is the core of this mitzvah.

Yet it is hard to trust, in any person or even ourselves for that matter. How often do we watch ourselves fail at what we set out to do? How often are our hopes dashed, and we find ourselves hurt and broken?

We have trust issues.

When it comes to G‑d, we need to take a different approach. In Him we truly can trust, and the more we get to know Him, the stronger our trust in Him becomes. You come to realize that He is the only one you can actually trust.

This becomes clear in the sixth year of the Sabbatical, when one would think the field has been drained of its nutrients due to five years of sowing and reaping. When the sixth comes, there is nothing left for the field to give. It is our trust in Hashem alone that make our fields yield three times their normal production.

We feel this as parents—especially mothers—as we give, give and give until there is nothing left to give. It is our relationship with G‑d that gives us the strength we never imagined we had.

I have experienced this firsthand. It is my hope that through building our trust in G‑d, we will merit the coming of Moshiach very soon.