Can we question G-d? - Vaera

Thursday, 3 January, 2019 - 6:48 am

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A non-Jew once asked a Jew: “Why do Jews always answer questions with another question?” The Jew answered: “Why not?”

There are various kinds of “why”: It can be a complain, an observation or a simple answer to understand better.

Moses himself had a question-complain to G-d. G-d had sent him to Pharaoh to free the Jewish people. But instead of a positive result, Pharaoh made the life and the slavery of the Jews even worse. When Moses saw that G-d’s commandment had brought opposite results, he ask G-d: “Why have you done bad to Your people, why have you sent me to Pharaoh?”. G-d answers Moses, reminding him of our forefathers who always had trust in Him and never asked

How could it be that Moses, our biggest leader, asked “Why?”.

Our Sages explain us the difference between Moses and our forefathers. They served G-d with various feelings: Abraham with love, Isaac with fear and Jacob with mercy. Feelings do not need logic and answers. Our forefathers never asked ‘why’ because they did not feel the need to understand.

As a preparation for the Giving of the Torah, of G-d wisdom [which would take place after the Jews left Egypt], G-d chooses another type of leader. He chooses a leader that works with his mind. Moses was such a leader, who tried to understand everything.

When he saw that G-d’s commandment had negative consequences on the Jews, he asked “why”, because he wanted to understand. But G-d explain to Him that indeed, we must try to understand, but there will always be some things that we will not able to comprehend. Things that me must believe as they are, just like our forefathers.

Αν και εσείς δεν μπορείτε να κατανοήσετε κάτι που έκανε ο Θ-ός, μπορείτε να νιώσετε άνετα, δεν είστε οι μόνοι. Είναι φυσικό, οι άνθρωποι με το περιορισμένο μυαλό τους, να μην μπορούν να καταλάβουν την απέραντη σοφία του Θ-ού.

If you also cannot understand something that G-d has done, you can feel at ease, you are not the only one. It is natural that humans with a limited intellect cannot comprehend the unlimited wisdom of G-d.

Shabbat Shalom,


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