Friday, October 28, 2011

One Who Suffers

Art: 'The Garden of Melancholia' - Mike Worrall

The Talmud [Berachos 5] says one who suffers should examine his actions. If he doesn't find anything bad, he should consider it is due to "bitul Torah" [neglect of Torah study]. 

The commentators note "bitul Torah is also something bad. So how can one say he didn't find anything bad??"

The Vilna Gaon explains "If a person learned Torah properly, he would have found the "bad thing", since Torah opens a person's eyes to good and evil. [i.e. according to one's level of Torah learning will be his level of sensitivity to good and evil].

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