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Sunday, November 11, 2007
Judaism, Tragedy and God: A Rabbi Without All The Answers
This week's Los Angeles Jewish Journal includes an excellent column about Judaism and tragedy by Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg of Congregation Etz Chaim in Kew Gardens Hills.
For so many years I have heard rabbis and many lay members of the religious Jewish community mumble about "hashgacha pratis," the notion that everything is for the good, etc., that I had essentially given up on hearing anything rational on the topic of how to react to tragedy. Just now, in my office perusing through a few web sites before turning to preparation for trial, I came across Rabbi Rosenberg's piece. He writes, in part:
It's a lot easier to believe in an omnipotent and omniscient God than a
I don't have time now to offer any detailed thoughts. Thanks to Rabbi Rosenberg for his candid, honest approach - and for recognizing that none of us has the answers to life's most difficult questions.
See prior posts on this topic:
Tragedy, Answers, And Hashgachah Pratis
Rosh Hashanah Sermons: Green Bay Packers and G-d's Role In The World
Judaism and Tragedy Redux
Judaism and Tragedy