One of the finer points of Bitachon revolves around what exactly is the goal of Bitachon, that the salvation be realized or that a connection to Hashem be forged. In other words, while one implores Hashem to fill their desires, and trusts that He will follow through, a reliance on Hashem is being established. The question is; is the relationship created the focal objective or obtaining what was requested. We have discussed many times, in line with the view of chassidus, that through a powerful and pure connection to Hashem, the desired salvation will be achieved automatically. ​​​ There are those who are under the impression that since the result of Bitachon is assured ישועה והצלחה, therefore, when describing Bitachon (even according to chassidus), focus is placed on receiving material success.
It’s a small difference whether Bitachon is described as ‘connection to Hashem’, or that ‘tangible salvation is sure to be seen’ is added to the description. In truth, however, adding in the second part to the description of Bitachon is congruent with the idea of כל המוסיף גורע – all who add end up decreasing, for it is really a distraction from what Bitachon is.
Firstly, since Bitachon is a connection to a more G-dly reality, any thought of גשמיות decreases from that.
Secondly, although many situations where Bitachon is put to use is where something worldly, health, wealth, or otherwise, is lacking and therefore being pursued, there is evidence that Bitachon exists even when there isn’t any insufficiency or lack in ones material possessions.
For example, the story is related in זוהר about ר’ ייסא סבא of how he would prepare his food for consumption only after he would request it from Hashem. לא נתקין סעודתא דתתיהיב מבי מלכא. In other words, the food existed in his abode and only lacked preparation. If so, one may ask, why did ר’ ייסא need to request the food if it was already there? In explanation, the Rebbe says that even when the aspect of making a vessel to receive the גשמי does exist, there is an aspect of Bitachon that gives the materialism no attention at all, and that even if the gashmiyus wasn’t there, complete Bitachon in Hashem would be practiced and would ultimately bring the blessing. This is done because bitachon is viewed as a way to connect to Hashem in a stronger manner.
This was the perspective of ר’ ייסא סבא. The fact that the food was already in his possession did not change the fact that he viewed the food as being given to him from Hashem. Being that Hashem recreated the food each moment, essentially the food wasn’t there, and its existence was contingent on Hashem recreating it. In this context Reb Yaisa would consider himself ‘in need’ and davened for his food. When he ate his food, he viewed it as it was given to him by Hashem as a result of his tefilla to Hashem.
Interestingly, ר’ ייסא סבא would make his request even on שבת, which is not a time to request ones needs from Hashem.
However, his request was not about his needs, i.e. the food, rather it was a sign of his total self-nulification to Hashem, and his perspective that the food was available only due to Hashem’s kindness.​​​​​​
In the מהדורא תניינא of the שו”ע, the Alter Rebbe mentions the obligation of reciting פרשת המן every day as a way of practicing Bitachon in Hashem, Who provides our food daily.
The Rebbe points out that this halacha refers to shabbos as well and that it should be recited before davening.
This seems peculiar, for bitachon is referenced in a situations where salvation is necessary, that exists neither on Shabbos nor before davening, which is long before entering the פרנסה seeking scene.
However, following the view of ר’ ייסא סבא that although bitachon pertains to actual physical needs, it is mutually exclusive of them, and can be exercised even when there is no need for the actual bitachon, – like on Shabbos, or there is not yet the need for the actualization of the Bitachon, for he is still before davening – for bitachon is primarily a connection to Hashem, regardless of the current need for salvation.
This also sheds light on our earlier query as to what the description of bitachon should be. Chassidus seems to stress that although bitachon brings the salvation, nevertheless, bitachon means solely connecting to Hashem.

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