“If a person sees that he is suffering, he should examine his conduct … If he has examined his actions and found no wrongdoing, he should attribute the suffering to “bitul Torah” (neglect of Torah study), as it says, “Fortunate is the person whom You, God, afflict; You teach him from Your Torah.”

“And if he finds that he is not guilty of neglecting Torah study, then these afflictions must be ‘Afflictions of Love.’ As it says, “God rebukes those whom He loves” [ Proverbs 3:12 ].” [Brachot 5a]

(Talmudic Sages)


About TJ

In 2015 my family moved from a small village in mid-Michigan to five beautifully forested acres in Northern Michigan. We love the lakes and rivers, the forests, and the billions of stars we can see in the night sky, as well as the many cultural and historical activities in our area. We also love that the deer and wild turkeys come right up to our house. This is where our hearts are! I have multiple cats (five the last time I counted), and a sweet introverted dog who rarely barks and who deeply loves the six adorable ducks and nine chickens that have become part of our family. I enjoy reading, studying, writing, and learning new things. I also enjoy walking my dog, cuddling my cats, and gardening. I love nature. The world fascinates me.

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