[Avodah] HKB"H doesn't give anyone a test they can't pass

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Mon Mar 11 12:05:03 PDT 2013

On Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 08:17:22PM +0200, Daniel Eidensohn wrote:
> *R' Saadiya Gaon*[iii]*(Emuna V'De'os 5:3):*The righteous suffer for two  
> reasons. The first reason is that it is for the few sins they have  
> committed... The second reason is that it a trial...

What about yisurim shel ahavah?

I once delineated 4 approaches to the tragic, paralleling the 4 sons
or <http://j.mp/XDHsWd>:

    This is the wise son's reaction. "Who is wise? He who learns from
    every person." The wise son is one who turns everything into a
    learning experience. His response to the seder is "What are the
    testimonial acts, the dictates, the laws, which Hashem our G-d
    commanded you?" How does G-d teach us to react to the events of
    Egypt and freedom? How am I supposed to react to tragedy?

    When G-d presents tragedy to the wise son, they are called nisyonos
    -- challenges or tests. Like the Akeidah, a learning experience for
    Abraham, to get him to fully realize his potential.

    The second son, the wicked son, needs a wake up call. What the gemarah
    refers to as "yisurim". In the weekday prayer "Tachanun" we ask G-d
    to forgive our sins "but not through yisurim or bad illness"....

    There is a second kind of yissurim, yissurim shel ahavah --
    tribulations of love. This is not where the person is being evil,
    but he's not living up to his full potential. He too is in a rut,
    and G-d calls to him to break out of it and improve. G-d calls him
    to ahavah, to greater love and closeness to G-d.

    This is the uncomplicated son, the one who believes with simple and
    pure faith. ...

    Similarly [to the ellided aggadic story], the person who is medically
    needy because that keeps him close to G-d. The person who, had
    he been healthy, would have been more distracted by the physical
    opportunities afforded him.

    This is the son who doesn't know how to ask. Unlike the wise son,
    who asks "How shall I respond?" or the son of uncomplicated, pure and
    simple faith, who asks "G-d, G-d, why have you forsaken me?" (Tehillim
    22:1) this son isn't asking anything. He isn't capable of grappling
    with this issue -- be it a tragedy, or be it the Exodus.

Tir'u baTov!

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