People R Human

Who doesn't have challenges?

Comments (12)

(12) Margarita Cohen, October 27, 2009 4:10 AM

This is soooo true!!!

Thanks so much for your share. Sometimes we need someone to "move the carpet underneath us" so we open iur eyes, And this time you really touched my heart to see how important it is to acknowledge how fortunate we are... together with our challenges,

(11) Phyllis, October 23, 2009 8:03 PM


thanks Lori, for once again helping me put things in perspecive... I will try to spend less time agonizing over my "challenges" and more time appreciating the countless blessings I have been given..

(10) Jong, October 23, 2009 7:37 AM


Thanks Lori. You made me moved. This is the very reinforcement that I needed at the moment. It keeps my challenges in perspective giving me calmness and strength to overcome.

(9) Meira, October 22, 2009 8:35 PM

Looking for meaning in His Massage

We all know that Almighty doesn't give us a test we cannot pass, but why He gives us the same test again and again? At different time, in different locations, with different people, with different scenes and background and if you think deeply into the problem it reveals the same test. Are we assigned for them from the birth? He gives Abraham only ten tests. Why He gives us ten time ten?

(8) SusanE, October 22, 2009 4:04 AM

If you Live Long Enough You go Through Challenges.

You are right Lori, everyone has challenges. I'm certainly not courageous, or brave. I've also lived long enough to go through several 'bumps' in the road of life. If we don't die during a challenge, people think we handled it well. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ I'd like to say " NO we didn't handle it well!! Those were rotten times and we had no choice. " My friends have been through as much and more than I've lived through. Challenges build character, tragedy rips and is life wreching. One friend widowed 3 times and lost a son, another widowed twice, losing both adult sons to death. One independent hard working friend has Parkinsons, four friends have died young from cancer, one good and wonderful woman friend lost from ALS (Lou Gherigs) and the list goes on, through floods, divorce, alcoholism, fire, poverty. All have been through horrible challenges. We women who lived through aren't brave either. And we do have fun, we laugh, dance, go on road trips, throw parties!! Anyone else would think we have unchallenged lives. (ahem) It's just sometimes the scars don't show. Making sense from tragedy keeps people balanced. Thank you to for giving reason and purpose to death and chaos..

(7) Anonymous, October 21, 2009 1:40 AM

In response to comment #2

Yes, of course people wouldn't go to Lori and her husband for help if they didn't have a problem. But you can't honestly say that you think there are people out there that don't have at least some sort of problem/challenge? Life is all about challenges. If we weren't struggling then it wouldn't be life.

(6) Jim Salomon, October 20, 2009 7:04 PM

I have heard this type of thing before and it always infuriates me! I have met too manypeople who were totally destroyed by the horrors of their lives. Most of my mother's family died in the German death camps. My late wife endured 9 years of early onset Parkinson's Disease which completelydestroyed her body and her mind. I have friends whose children were profoundly disabled and lived miserably until they died of the complications of their conditions. Saying G-d never sends challenges that people can't overcome is a disservice because it trivializes true suffering.

(5) Annette, October 20, 2009 6:04 PM

Yes but...

I totally agree with you Lori. However there are people myself included who at times feel tremendously burned out by constant challenges. My amazing husband on the other hand always stays positive and focused because he says Hashem gave him a special blood type B

(4) ruth housman, October 20, 2009 4:34 PM

the word "handle"

It's interesting, this English word, handle, because it does contain two words, and they are : Hand, and EL, aurally. And El is the ancient and current, name for Hashem, one of many. And so it is, I see the "hand of God" in all things, big and small, and have to concur, with Lori. Some things in life seem unbearable, and among those things are human cruelty to another. For me to imagine a child handling such things, is very difficult, and I cannot answer for aspects of life that include torture, the barbarisms of war and what we do to each other. So I must feel, since I do believe we are gifted, life, and life's mystery, that what we must do, with what we are handed, is act, to heal what's hurting, otherwise known as Tikkun Olam. A river runs through Eden.

(3) Corinne Joy, October 20, 2009 2:36 PM

A topical 'commant'! - from - Corinne-fwdd - 20.10.09

Quite apt ... currently!

(2) G.M. Grena, October 20, 2009 3:43 AM

I Agree, But...

In theory, people who don't have any problems, a perfect life, wouldn't seek a rabbi for help, & therefore you wouldn't know about it. So of course, everybody who has a problem, comes to you for help, & you think everyone has a problem.

(1) Iris Moskovitz, October 18, 2009 7:09 PM

You always sat just the perfect thing.

I have heard it over so many times, about Hashem not giving you a challenge you would'nt be able to tackle and handle with ease.When I think of people whom I know, and some of the hardships that I know they are trying to deal with, I thank Hashem for not giving me that same challenge, and thank Hashem for giving me the strength and knowledge to know how to deal with my own 'pekale" as we say.


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