Ep. 341: Can We Be Angry at G-d When Our Friends and Community Members Die of Covid?
Chaim Schneur Zalman Yehuda ben Aaron Leib
who tragically passed far too early on 8 Shevat
Dedicated to perpetuating his work and legacy.
May his family be blessed with strength and fortitude
- Chassidus Applied to Tu B’shevat and Beshalach
- What do you do when you’re stuck?
- What is the secret to success?
- Lessons we learn from the time when the Jews were stuck between the sea before them and the pursuing Egyptians behind them
- What do we learn from trees?
- Bitachon in face of challenges
- Can we be angry at G-d when our friends and community members die of Covid?
- How do we explain bitachon and emunah when they apparently don’t bring the intended results?
- What can I do to change my negative feelings and lack of trust in G-d due to my life challenges?
- Parents and Children
- How do I get over very harsh words my mother told me?
- Children’s Apathy to Judaism
- How would you deal with teens who are apathetic towards Yiddishkeit?
- What is an appropriate response to my 11-year old son who confided in me that he fears that he won’t be religious when he grows up?
- Chassidus question: Is dirah b’tachtonim a reason for creation that emerged only in later generations?
- MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 12th Place winners:
- Essay English: “They didn’t change their names, their language or their dress” – Staying strong to who we are despite our surroundings, Mushka Cohen, 16, Student, Beth Rivkah, Montreal, Canada
- Essay Hebrew (men): פיזור הנפש, Mr. Meir Ha’Itan, Jerusalem, Israel
- Essay Hebrew (women): בנין החינוך – עסק משפחתי מצליח, Chana’le Gufchi, Educator, Kiryat Malachi, Israel
- Creative: Infusion (painting. Creative Art Piece. Oil on Canvas), Rivky Taichman, 20, Shlucha at Machon Alte Tzfat. Crown Heights, NY
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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.