Thinking Jewishly

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  1. dr. bill says:

    We need to react to major events without disregarding the important caution that we cannot know the ways of God. To vastly simplify the Rav ztl approach to this dilemma, he suggested we concentrate on what we must do in response to events versus speculating on why they happened or even the lesson for others.

  2. Ben Green says:

    The words of the Rambam should suffice here:

    “The Torah commands that horns be blown to waken the congregation whenever the Land is hit by tragedy, be it war, epidemic, or drought. These sounds are a call to repentance and a reminder that suffering is a product of sin. For people to interpret such problems as merely coincidental is cruel, because this will repent the nation from changing its ways and cause them to continue the corrupt behaviors that caused the suffering to happen to them in the first place”

    We are being told be Hashem that we did something wrong and that we should improve. For us to ignore that just invites more suffering rachmana latzlan.

    And as the Rambam says, someone who refuses to connect suffering to sin is cruel, and prevents people from avoiding that suffering in the future.

    So now we have another, additional cause of suffering, courtesy of the Rambam. Namely, those who try to prevent us from connecting our suffering to our sins.

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