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Daily Lift #568

Purposefulness Lightens Suffering

The Talmud states that all suffering is purposeful. When we suffer, we should view it as a message to check our behavior for areas we can improve.

Viewing suffering as meaningless increases one's pain. When you find meaning and purpose in suffering, it becomes much easier to bear. The more meaning you see, the lighter the burden. The worst suffering is when one feels there is no purpose in it.

The basic Torah perspective is that whatever happens to a person is purposeful and ultimately for his good.

(Talmud - Brachot 5a; Rabbi Pliskin's Gateway to Happiness, p.258)

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Visitor Comments: 1

(1) wim van der velden, February 10, 2016 8:03 PM

Has suffering a purpose ?

In all articles I read till now, there is discussion on the suffering on the individual level. But is there a concensus of suffering on the level of war, genocide and in the end the purpose of the Holocaust (or Shoah).On beforehand thanks for the answering of my question.

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