Everyone derives his sustenance from somewhere, and the need to earn a living, inevitably forces each of us to ask certain questions: Who am I? Can I change my lot in life? Does one who relies on G-d need to work? What does it mean to rely on G-d? How can Torah help me with work's stresses? What are Bitachon and Hishtadlus? These are some of the questions addressed in "I Shall Not Want: The Torah Outlook on Working for a Living." The 23rd psalm: "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." Perhaps no words like these opening ones of the 23rd Psalm have provided so much inspiration for people from all walks of life through the ages. The words bespeak of trust and contentment which are not subject to the ebb and flow of mutable mankind. It is that outlook which we must grasp if we are to thrive, in the surging, everchanging world. The Torah is a tree of life amidst these surging waters. It offers a view of the globe which can raise us above the mundane, and supply us with strength in the face of adversity, even turning that adversity into a source of strength. This slim yet profound volume is an eminently practical guide for the Torah Jew living and working in the modern world. Written as a dialogue, the reading is fast-paced and enjoyable. It is a wellspring of ideas for the uninitiated and Torah scholar alike, intended to pump new life and vigor into the veins of anyone who wishes to develop their Torah outlook and grab onto the tree of life.
by Rabbi Ezriel Tauber
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