Feeling God's Pain

Taking responsibility for the Jewish people.

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


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.

(3) Sandra Parrott, July 22, 2010 11:19 AM

Beautiful validation of my own experience

My prescious daughter had my heart for 47 years. When I learned that she had suffered a braiin stem hemorrhage and was not expected to live through the night, I knew and told our Father that I could not survive losing her. Someone gave me a beautiful prayer that began with, "Father, she has always been yours,......" I immediately felt an acceptance that was as if He was saying to me, "Yes, you can survive losing your child, I did." He gave me many more gifts through that agonizing 4 days, and I have a new depth of gratitude for His gift to us at Calvary. Thank you, Lori for bringing me this level of understanding of my experience.

(2) Gary Katz, July 21, 2010 2:05 PM

Not so sure about the nexis

There's pain and there's PAIN. You mean to tell me that parents who lose a young child to cancer are simply being taught about G-d's pain? Seems like an expensive lesson, especially for the kid. I'm not saying that the pain Lori describes doesn't exist, but I don't buy the connection.

(1) Gavin-Chaim Marsden, July 20, 2010 11:04 PM

Feeling Hashem's Pain

Thank you Lori for that beautiful analogy of a father longing for his child and his child longing for his father to describe our relationship with Hashem.Indeed when the Moshiach comes,may it be speedily in our days,we will be able to live with our Father in His House,the Bet Mikdash and our joy will be complete.Until then as well as feeling the pain of seperation may we also rejoice in the way Hashem shows His prescence in our hearts and in our homes.Through His Torah,Mitzvot and Divine Providence Hashem is showing us that our bond of love and joy is stll strong and unbreakable.We all still yearn for our ultimate homecoming but in the meantime we rejoice that Hashem is firmly holding our hands and leading us,at His perfect pace,Home


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