bitachon

Alternative Spellings

bitochon

Definitions

  • faith, trust
  • security

Example Sentences

  • "You need to have emunah and bitachon."
  • "The answer to this question lies in understanding the distinction between emunah and bitachon. The Rambam defines emunah as the knowledge that HASHEM created and continues to run all of Creation. Simply put, nothing can exist and no activity can occur without HASHEM. Bitachon, however, is ... quite different. The Chovos Halevovos defines bitachon as trusting in HASHEM. It is a sense of relying on HASHEM to watch over and protect me, as if to say, 'I take my heavy burden and place it on HASHEM.'" (http://theshmuz.com/blog/parshas-shemos-the-difference-between-emunah-and-bitachon/)
  • "Bitachon now is the exhaustive series of security checks one passes through before boarding an El AL flight and, in Israel, before entering a shopping mall, café or post office." (http://www.thejc.com/judaism/jewish-words/bitachon)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew

Etymology

Heb בטחון bitakhón, Yiddish בטחון bitókhn

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

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