Purim When Times Are Rough

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  1. Bob Miller says:

    Regardless of the presence or absence of overt miracles in our own lives to counteract the awful pressures of exile, we all accept that the exile will end as part of the Divine plan. This in itself is comforting; may we see it played out soon.

  2. Raymond says:

    Such an interesting perspective, and so beautifully expressed. Wow.

    Often people, including myself, ask the eternal question as to how G-d can allow evils such as the Holocaust on this Earth. But implicit in the question, is the expectation that we should be able to just sit back and do nothing, for G-d will solve all of our problems. But this does not seem to be the Jewish way, or else why would He have given us all those hundreds of commandments to follow, utilizing our free will to decide whether or not to carry them out? Imagine if our parents did everything for us, all the time until they were no longer with us. Would we ever be able to grow up and be people in our own right, under such coddling circumstances?

    Still, while all this may be true, death is especially difficult to take, because it is so irreversible. No matter how difficult any of our lives are, as long as we are alive, breathing, and have all of our mental and physical functioning in operation, we always have that chance to bounce back, if only we are persistent enough in an intelligent manner. But that Fogel family who was so brutally and senselessly murdered, no longer has any chances. That little twelve-year-old girl who survived that massacre, will never, ever get to see her parents again, nor her siblings who were also murdered. And the evil monsters who perpetrated those cowardly savage acts, not only got away with it, but are heroes in their own social world. Something is upside down here. This is just not right.

  3. Daniel Wohlgelernter says:

    Brilliant insights , Rav Yitzchok ; beautifully expressed !

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