We all have our rough spots in life. You’ve had yours, and I’ve had mine. Our resilience and perseverance is what enables us to keep on going, but what else is there to the equation? My new-found belief in G-d (it’s only been about five years thus far) has given me the jolt I needed to keep going in difficult times. I believe that we all need to internalize the presence and onenness of Hashem, and to allow Him into our world.

“…in good and in bad, in sickness and in health…”I’ve never heard these words in first person, but these are the words the groom says to the bride during a secular wedding ceremony. These are appropriate words in describing the Jewish people’s relationship with Hashem. In every generation since Avraham Avinu, we’ve held on to our deep-rooted belief in the G-d of Hosts, Redeemer of Israel, Rock of Ages. Whether under the threat of death or in good times, we’ve stayed loyal to the One who gave us what we have in this world.

I’ve come to the realization that there’s something beyond me, beyond my silly, little needs and ugres in the world. Beyond me, beyond you, beyond the stones and trees, the sun, the sea, and the skies. Something beyond…

We need to “keep and to hold…in good and in bad…” Not our spouse or even our parents, but our belief in the One eternal G-d of Israel because people will come and go. They will leave our lives as suddenly as they came, disappear without as much as a whimper, and we will eventually be left with ourselves…and our belief in Him.

It’s of utmost importance especially as the month of Elul dawns upon us to maintain our belief no matter if the going is good–or bad, no matter if you’re having a great day or the worst day of your life. Easy for me to say? No. Very, very difficult as life has testified. But now that I keep to this “method,” to this fundamental framework of life, I’m much better off than I was before.

We need to hold on to Him who gave us life, to Him who provides for us, nourishes us, and gives us strength. No matter how many people have turned you down, no matter how much money you’ve lost, no matter how bad it is. And I, perhaps more than anyone else, need to keep this belief near my heart. Always. In all circuimstances.

From the eternal capital of the Jewish people,

Eitan Divinsky.