Forethoughts and Afterthoughts.
Commentary on the weekly Torah reading.
In memory of Father, Yosef Ben Zelig.
March 25th 1911 - May 2nd 2008
In memory of Mother, Nechama Bas Tzvi Hirsh.
June 9th 1925 - April 16th 2003
In memory of Uncle, Moshe Binyamin Ben Tzvi Hirsh.
December 12 1929 - February 2nd 2010
In Loving Memory of Moreinu Horav Shmuel Yaakov Weinberg, Rosh HaYeshiva Ner Yisroel
Chukas (Numbers 19-22)
Tisha B'Av (9th of Av) 5776
"G-D is good to those who put their hope in Him, to those who seek Him" (Eicha/Lamentations 3.25).
"G-D is good to all and His mercy is (focused) toward all His works" (Tehilim/Psalms 145:9).
These verses appear to contradict each other. The verse in Eicha, seems to restrict G-D's goodness to only those who "hope in Him" and "those who seek Him." The verse in Tehilim seems to say that there are no restrictions or conditions.
But there is no contradiction.
G-D is good to everyone, only the good in what happens to us is not always readily apparent unless we have the faith, patience, and drive to look for it.
This is reflected in the following verses of Tehilim, which we begin to say next month in preparation for the high holidays.
27:12 Do not give me into (the hands of) those who torment me because witnesses of falsehood arose against me, (people) that breathe violence.
27:13 Had I not been steadfast in faith to see the good of G-D in the land of life.
27:14 Hope to G-D, strengthen yourself and He will give you courage; and hope to G-D.
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