One of our wise sages condemned those who walk around with what he called
“honey smeared on their feet.” This was his way of referring to those who are
not bothered by the unfairness and unjust suffering of our world.
Who among us has not questioned “Where was God when my mother was suffering with cancer? Where is God when a tragedy occurs taking innocent lives? Where was God during the Holocaust?”
Elie Wiesel said something profound when he wrote that “the Jew today may love God, he may argue with or accuse God, but he may not ignore God.”
I take that to mean is that we live in a world where there is certainly enough sadness and tragic unfairness to cause any person to question whether there really exists a God who is concerned with people getting what they deserve. But so also can we look at the awesome birth of an infant or the blooming flowers of spring, and there see hints of God. For me, I see signs of God in every human act of loving-kindness; in every act of courageous dedication to a better and kinder world. We see something of God, I think, in every human effort to rise to one’s God-given potential, and to live the “angel” that is within us.
I would say that one of the beauties of our religion is that it has always called to us to live with open eyes, and to question our world, and to question God’s involvement in this world.
Judaism calls to us to realize that we are so much needed, every one of us, if Divine ends are to be achieved, and if The Divine presence is to be felt in this world. For it is through us that God uplifts the fallen and gives strength to the weak. Through us that godly ideals of justice, compassion and righteousness are manifest in this world.
I wish you a Sabbath of love and peace,
Rabbi David Greenberg