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Feeling God's Pain

Taking responsibility for the Jewish people.

Published: July 17, 2010


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Visitor Comments: 8

(8) Jeff Cox, June 6, 2012 11:02 PM

Sure He Feels!

He was pained/grieved in his heart in the days of Noah. He was grieved that He made Saul King. How can we not see his pained love for Israel/the adulterous wife in Hosea: his jealousy, his anger, and ultimately his tender love coaxing her back into his embrace? Weren't the tears of Jeremiah the very tears of G-d, weeping over his people. The fact that we feel is because we were made in his image. Someone once said, "I asked G-d to help me feel what he feels and I began to feel pain--pain that called me to do something."

(7) Ann Brady, December 7, 2011 4:09 PM

Beauty

What is pain when we consider G-d? Lori, thank you so much for this.

(6) Matityahu, August 6, 2010 10:40 AM

G-d has no emotions, Anonymous?

Is love an emotion? G-d love's things. Is hate an emotion? G-d hates certain thngs. It is written that G-d, loves, hates, dispises, etc. in my Torah. Where in your Torah does it state that G-d is emotionless?

(5) Marcos (Brazil), August 3, 2010 2:52 AM

Torah Effect inbetween the lines

Lori, you always come with wonderful and touching stories. I love to think about them. When we come closer to the lessons of the Torah and read it with open heart and mind, we can really turn pain, frustration, fear and uncertainty into positive attitude towards ourselves and others. That's why becoming a more observant jew and help the community was not a coincidence for that man - it was the "Torah Effect". It's cyclical, evergrowing and beautiful. As for the analogy, I found it great! It is really hard to express the meaning and intensity of our feelings, specially particular ones, if it's not through comparison of our common values. And our relationship with Hashem and the preservation of Judaism is our common value. That's what I read "in-between the lines".

(4) Anonymous, July 22, 2010 10:31 PM

G-d doesn't feel.

G-d doesn't have emotions. This type of talk misleads those who don't know enough to know this is a metaphor. Not one of my favorites of yours.

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