When the messengers who bring suffering are despatched, they are made to take an oath: that they will neither set out nor return except on such and such a day, at such and such a time, and only [carry out their mission] by using the designated means. However, repentance, prayer and charity have the power to nullify [the enactment of] this oath.
Reciting the Torah chapters concerning the Choshen, the Breastplate [Exodus 28:15-30; 39:8-21] is a tikkun [rectification] for harsh judgments.
A person who suffers affliction should give charity. This charity will be considered as if it were a fee paid to a judge for his services, which when accepted, nullifies the verdict's validity. And through this his suffering will be alleviated.
When a person rebukes his friend for the right motives, he has a thread of loving-kindness drawn over him.
A person who does not accept rebuke will experience suffering.
When the nations have issued an evil decree against the Jews, Psalm 62 should be said.
A person can determine and understand his sins from the suffering which he experiences.
There are four things which abolish harsh decrees: Tzedakah [charity], crying out to G-d, changing one's name and improving one's conduct.
Crying out to G-d helps the individual only prior to the final decree.
A person's accusers are beaten off by the study of Torah.
A final decree accompanied by an oath cannot be abolished, even for the sake of an entire community.
The effects of a decree against a person apply only in a specific place. He can save himself by changing his location.
A person should tell others of his anguish so that they will pray for mercy on his behalf.
Accepting suffering with love is like bringing a sacrifice.
A person who falls down while walking should see this as a sign of a downfall on a spiritual level. Falling down while walking sometimes serves to nullify a pronouncement of death which has been issued against the person.
A person who finds himself suffering from harsh judgment should make it a habit to gaze at the Heavens.
The Holy One exonerates the person who teaches righteousness to the wicked.
A man of truth receives G-d's lovingkindness undisguised by judgments.
Trust in G-d sweetens judgment and draws down loving-kindness.
Through faith [emunah] it is possible to convince G-d to follow your will.