Why Do Bad Hurricanes Happen to Good People?

Source: Huffington Post

BY Rabbi Pinchas Allouche,

Contributor Spiritual Leader, Congregation Beth Tefillah, Scottsdale, Arizona

Why do bad hurricanes and earthquakes happen to good people? And if we believe that G-d rewards good people, why does he punish them with such disasters?

Rabbi Yekutiel Halbershtam, of blessed memory (1905-1994), who lost his wife and all eleven of their children in the Holocaust, was asked a similar question. His response was moving:

“I too have many, many questions for G-d,” he once revealed to his students. “And I know that G-d would be glad to invite me to the heavens and give me the answers to all of the questions I have. But I prefer to stay here on earth with my questions, then to die, and go up to the heavens, to receive the answers.”

Indeed, tragedies are, almost always, inexplicable, in the realms of human understanding. Sometimes, G-d is super-rational. And, sometimes, our finite minds will never be able to comprehend the ferocious disasters conducted by the infinite Creator of the heaven and the earth.

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