Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

"The Way of G-d"

Part 2: “Divine Providence”, Chapter 2: “Mankind in this world”

Paragraph 5

Aside from touching upon which realm a person’s sins are to be reckoned with (either here on earth, or in the Soul World) and to what degree, there’s also an existential fact to contend with when discussing reward and punishment. Which is this: that what we do and who we are leaves a distinct, albeit subtle, mark on our heart and soul.

Being and doing good allows a certain impalpable and still point of perfection to nestle and glow in our being. While being and doing bad allows a certain opaque, murky, noisome, and unctuous blemish to fester in our being. Of course the degree and strength of either corresponds to the degree and strength of our goodness or badness, which can only be gauged by G-d.

Now, someone who’s in large part good, who nonetheless has his share of sins, would have to have his opaque, murky blemishes purged if he’s to draw close to G-d in the World to Come. And we learn here that it’s suffering-- of all sorts, in all realms, and in commensurate measure-- that does it best.

All-encompassing as it is, and touching upon all elements of our being as it does (oftentimes unbeknownst to us), suffering undoes all blemishes and utterly scours away at all stains from all angles. Much the way weeping purges sorrow, and admitting fault unburdens the heart.

Some of it, though, serves best when played out in the physical realm, and some in the spiritual. And that, too, can only be gauged by G-d.

Subscribe to Ramchal and receive the class via e-mail.


 






ARTICLES ON NOACH:

View Complete List

Hashem's Promise
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

“Live & Let Live?”
Jon Erlbaum - 0

Can You Enjoy While Others Lack?
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

> Internal Beliefs Have External Effects
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758

Worlds Apart
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5764

One for the Birds
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5756

ArtScroll

The Day Falsehood Married Destruction
Shlomo Katz - 5761

Great Is Peace
- 5769

The Miracle of Free Will
Rabbi Elly Broch - 5765

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Go the Distance!
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5762

New Stage, Old Actors
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5762

In His Generation
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Saved From a Rainy Day
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

Law and Order
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5760

Choosing Sides
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

Of Showers, Towers, and False Powers
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information