Ep. 341: Can We Be Angry at G-d When Our Friends and Community Members Die of Covid?

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  • Rivkah Lewin

    May I say that anyone who wants to be angry with Hashem would greatly benefit from learning Tanya and Chassidus with a serious, seeking heart? As we know, anger stems from the element of fire in one’s animal soul. The person rises up with arrogance, thinking they know better than Hashem. The person would benefit from learning more about Hashem and their own existence, how we are “as naught” before Him who created us and maintains us and every detail of our bodies, and all the majestic worlds, physical and spiritual.

    Perhaps, instead of getting angry at Hashem when we suffer painful losses, we could look deeply inside ourselves and figure out how to do teshuva for judging negatively the Creator and maintainer of this beautiful world and magnificent universe and our wondrous bodies and souls. Perhaps we can then humble ourselves and ask Hashem to help us work harder to dedicate ourselves to learn Torah with all our might, to channel our emotions toward learning about His mysterious ways and feel gratitude for the gift–not entitlement–of life that He has so graciously given us.

    Regarding the questions about suicide that you’ve recently read, may I say that I saw a slogan that might be helpful: “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”

    Also, a wise doctor once mentioned that those who attempt suicide in their desperation may think that it is a solution, but they should consider that many times those who attempt it don’t die. They may end up living with a permanently damaged body, ch”v”sh. How much better if they can seek help and find their way never to attempt it.

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