Wednesday, October 03, 2007


The Gemora (Kesuvos 33a - b)asks: How do we know that the death penalty is more severe; perhaps receiving lashes is more severe, for Rav had said: Of they would have whipped Chananya, Mishael and Azaryah, they would have succumbed and served the idol!?

Reb Bunim from Parshischa said: The reason that they weren’t tested by means of whipping is because the Holy One, Blessed is He does not test anyone beyond his ability. Every test is given according to that particular person’s individual strength. This should serve as a tremendous chizuk for a person. If he is being tested; it is clear that he has the innate strength to overcome it.

Reb Baruch Sorotzkin, the Telzer Rosh Yeshiva once told this over to a woman who was being severely tested. Reb Mottel Gifter, also a Rosh Yeshiva in Telz was on the phone at the same time, and he said emphatically, “Baruch, it’s easy for you to say!”

Yes, it’s easy to say, but if it would be easy to hear as well, it wouldn’t be a test. Hashem should give us all the strength to overcome whatever our test might be.


Anonymous said...

Yes it is easy to say. I have reached a pont where I realize I don't know all the answers, only g-d does. You do have people that die of cancer as children and other terrible things done to people by other people and g-d gives free choice how we treat others and when there is evil in the world it does huirt good people also to some degree although sometimes g-d may help them in some way still they will be effected in some way by the evil but not completely. This sometimes forrces people to fight against evil because g-d wants us to put in our histatlus when there is evil in the world because when we work hard for something we appreciate more.

Anonymous said...

Good points. Gives one strength in trying times to know that Hashem believes you are up for the challenge although sadly it doesn't make it any easier. Just have to keep on fighting and trying hard.

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