In these troubled times, people are asking very difficult questions about God and their faith:
- If I suffer, does that mean I deserve it?
- Why do innocent people, especially children, die tragically?
- How can God be so cruel?
- Does God ever intervene during times of trouble?
- Who really runs the world-God or man?
- Do my prayers do any good?
- Why does God allow sickness, torture and evil to exist?
Benjamin Blech admits, the answers are not simple. There is no one-size-fits-all explanation. Indeed, not only are there many answers, but in different situations several explanations may apply. Blech wrote this book as an intellectual analysis of Jewish wisdom on the subject of suffering. His theories are the fruit of thousands of years of debate, examination and struggle. Jewish wisdom teaches that there are rich and inspiring answers to the ultimate question: If God is good, why is the world so bad?
Take part in the most important spiritual journey of all-the quest for serenity in the face of adversity-and discover that in the accumulated wisdom of the ages lies a time-tested solution for turning despair into hope and sorrow into faith.
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I picked up this book at a local bookstore because it seemed interesting. However the further I got into the book the more I was disappointed. The author draws from the writings of the Talmud and the tradition of midrash and no doubt many intelligent men have thought about these issues, but in the end it all seems like a complicated exercise in rationalization to be able to maintain belief in God . Too often the message of the book is that we can't understand God's ways and to just have faith and it will all work out in the end. I never cease to shake my head at religious authors who claim one can really never understand the mind of God and then go on to write large volumes about how God thinks and acts. It was a wise person who said religion has very little to do with God.
In this book Benjamin Blech tries to give a satisfactory set of answers to the fundamental question every believer in a just and loving G-d must address, the question of why there is so much suffering and evil in the world. I would like to be able to say that the answers provided give me a greater sense of assurance and faith. I am only speaking for myself, and perhaps other readers who also have thought much about this question will feel differently- but I did not find the answers given here ( and especially the examples provided) very convincing. As one who believes in a Caring G-d , as one who prays for a G-d who will bring justice and redemption to all those who have suffered unjustly in this world I found little real help here. Again I may very well be wrong. And I certainly went into the reading with the same attitude I came out of it with i.e. no one no human being can hope to answer this question- and part of the paradox and pain of human existence for those like myself who need and believe in G-d is having to live with the contradictory evidence provided by a world in which many human beings suffer all out of proportion to any wrong or evil they have done.