By the Grace of G‑d
11 Iyar, 5718 [1958]

Greetings and Blessings!

Your1 letter of Motzaei Shabbos arrived after a long break. There you write about the state of affairs in your business, and say that you are worried about what the annual balance will look like.

There is certainly no need for me to expound at length on the subject of the attribute of bitachon. To have bitachon does not mean being content with studying about it in the holy books: it means trusting, actually and practically. It means that when there arrives a moment that is not as one would have liked it to be, one should firmly trust that it is no more than a passing thing. As the Torah writes, “For the L‑rd your G‑d is putting you to the test.”2 And when G‑d sees that one has withstood this trial,3 one then sees even with fleshly eyes that it was all no more than a trial — a disguise without any substance. [...]