[Avodah] A Gutte Yahr - A Good Year?

Micha Berger via Avodah avodah at lists.aishdas.org
Sun Sep 13 11:55:50 PDT 2015

On Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 08:57:35AM -0400, Micha Berger via Avodah wrote:
::> On some level yes, everything that God does is for the good.  But
::> if you get hit by a car (chas v'shalom), I guarantee you that you
::> won't experience that as a good thing.
: We could ask the same about Yeshaiah's "oseh shalom uvorei es hara" --
: what ra? I thought there is no ra?

Addenda in response to private email:

Well, I didn't mean to get all Izhbitz... I meant the evil we experience,
the tragic, and not the evil that we do, the wrong..

But I did buy into more univeralistic models of hashgachah peratis,
that at least every person's fate is subject to HP (pace the Rambam
or Or haChaim), and thus the tragic has a point. If not itself tovsh,
it is letovah.

Which still leaves us with R/Prof Levine's original question sbout
blessing others with shanah tovah.

: Even if "ra" ends up meaning "a vacuum in which the tov cannot be
: experienced". (Vacuums aren't created as much as left empty, and even
: that I am calling experiential rather than objectively real.)

But even the evil that we do is more like a missed opposrtunity for good
than a beryah. Much the way Yeshaiah pairs evil with darkness "yotzeir or
uvorei choshekh ... uvorei es hara." Althouh it's possible that Yeshiah
considered darkness to be a beryah, the way Chazal talk about the thick
darkness of makas choshekh.

Tir'u baTov!

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