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Bitter, Not Bad

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It is for my good that I have been affliced, so that I would learn your decrees (Ps. 119:71) – When a person suffers, he shouldn’t say that things are bad. Rather, he should say that the situation is bitter. The Almighty does nothing bad. Just as medicine is beneficial, although it might be bitter, so too events are always beneficial even if they are bitter. (Rabbi Moseh of Korbrin)

Suffering

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“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)

Traditional Jewish Insights

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By P. David Hornik
(This article was originally published in The American Spectator (www.spectator.org)).

Though not what’s considered an observant Jew, I’ve done some unsystematic reading about Judaism, and once was lucky enough to be the private editor of a Judaic scholar for a few years. I find that certain traditional Jewish insights about everyday life, not necessarily available in the current psychological or self-help literature, have stuck to me, influencing, I hope, my behavior.
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Ten personal pearls of Jewish wisdom

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By P. David Hornik
(This article was originally published in The American Spectator (www.spectator.org)).

Though not what’s considered an observant Jew, I’ve done some unsystematic reading about Judaism, and once was lucky enough to be the private editor of a Judaic scholar for a few years. I find that certain traditional Jewish insights about everyday life, not necessarily available in the current psychological or self-help literature, have stuck to me, influencing, I hope, my behavior.
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