Minute #598: Questions

Ramban had a student who was terminally ill. The Rabbi gave the ill person an amulet with kabbalistic codes inside. He told him that after he passes on, the amulet will open the gates of Heaven for him, and requested that the student ascend on high and ask some questions about the affliction of our nation in his time.

A short time later, the student appeared to his Rabbi in a dream and told him that he had followed instructions. However, when he broke through to the higher spheres, there were no questions. Everything was understandable and perfect.

Everyone suffers in this world at one time or another and to a degree determined by Our Creator and His Heavenly Tribunal. Belief in the veracity of this principle is one of the basic tenets of emunah — faith. One is commanded to walk perfectly with Hashem (Devarim 18:13). That means one should accept without question that His judgment is perfect and that all that occurs is “fair,” even when it doesn’t seem so based on our perspective (Rashi, loc. cit.).

Although many can maintain strong emunah when comfortable and thriving, when they themselves suffer, especially for an extended time period, they begin to ask questions. “Why me?”, “Why this?” and “Why now?” lead the list, but questions abound in many other forms as well. Once a person starts to ask “Why?,” the list never ends. Although in one’s heart one knows Hashem could inflict much more pain and a greater level of suffering, nevertheless, what is delivered creates a feeling of isolation and fear in the hearts of the victims. Truth is, one should find comfort in the fact that Hashem has not forgotten him — He is dealing with him. The purpose of the test is spiritual growth. Don’t question the test — pass it!

One More Second: Another Thought for the Day

An evil person considers himself good if he does not blind someone or rob him of all his money as he would really like to do. A good person desires to help others and when unable to do as much as he idealistically wishes, he considers himself as bad. (Imrei Binah p. 45)