TODAY'S MESSAGE IS DEDICATED
IN MEMORY OF ABRAHAM ben ROSA A'H
BY EDDIE AND HELEN SHAMAH AND FAMILY
My friend Joseph has had a streak of bad luck lately. Business has not been up to par, his car was stolen, and his daughter fell off her bicycle and fractured her arm. Need I say more?
While we shared a short break over steaming coffee, Joe popped the inevitable question. “Why me?” he asked.
It is a question that Moshe Rabenu posed to Hashem, but to which he received no clear explanation. G-d replied: “It is My business, not yours.” There is a reason for everything that happens, but human beings are incapable of comprehending it. It is senseless to ask why, and even more futile to try and figure out the answer to that timeworn, universal question about the human condition. Our attitude must be to accept the will of our Creator wholeheartedly, whether or not we understand His strategy.
Isn’t it funny that when faced with problems, people ask, “Why me?”, but when good fortune arrives, no one asks that question? Someone who does not wonder why good things happen, should not seek the reason for disaster, either.In Sefer Iyov, the main character was blessed with all the good that this world has to offer. Satan was given permission to test Iyov’s faith by
destroying his financial empire, killing his children, and afflicting Iyov with painful physical maladies. When Iyov’s wife started to complain, Iyov replied, “Shall we accept only the good from G-d and not the bad?”
Time spent complaining is time wasted. Time spent thanking is productive. Those who want to be happy should see all that happens as part of a plan invoked by a benevolent Creator Who only does good for the human being.
When a problem occurs, keep moving forward and remember two things: It must be for the best; and, This, too, shall pass. You don’t have to understand something to accept it. Embracing this attitude will not only carry you through the hard times, but will help you enjoy the good days, as well.
CONSIDER THIS FOR A MINUTE
Even though we are commanded to indulge in wine and good food on the Holy Days, we should not reach a point of lightheadedness and foolishness. We are only commanded to be happy in the service of G-d; this is the happiness of mitzvah performance. (Chafetz Chayim)
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