Thursday, December 20, 2007

What remains when all has been stripped away


"Suffering comes into your dwelling and curbs your presumption and teaches you the limitations of your power. They remind you of the frailty of your health, the feebleness of your wit, the impotence of your will, the instability of your possessions, the inadequacy of your means, which have only been lent to you...

"If they take away from you all that you have in life other than your very self and show you how perishable is everything on which you thought to build your prosperity, at the same time they teach you the lasting character of the greatness which you yourself are, of the goods which alone are yours - the awe of Gd, the love of Gd and trust in Gd."

(R' Shimshon Raphael Hirsch, Horeb, paragraph 79)

Have a great day,

No comments:

Post a Comment