Title: No Such Victim: A Book About Divine Providence and How to Work with It
Author: Pinchas Winston
With a title such as this, Rabbi Winston’s new book belongs in every Jewish home and institution. Page 180 holds a delicious, psychologically satisfying insight and answer to your confusion about the purpose and function of personal suffering.
With that cleared away, let’s look at the rest of this 198-page palm-sized paperback. Chapter One “The Good and the Bad” reminds us that Hashem has a sharp sense of humor and justice. Though enemies have slaughtered us, history is Heavenly designed to result in the end of evil plus the punishment of volunteers who served Heavenly justice on us. A third point is that payback time is approaching with the geula. Actually, payback time seems to be in progress if you read the book carefully. That makes it rather fun to guess what’s in the coming attractions of God’s plan.
Want to know how to happily end your sense of guilt for misspent time and opportunities? Pages 32-37 show how we can overcome the anger, negativity and harm of personal and other challenges in minutes, perhaps within moments. Subsequent chapters expound on these pages.
Chapter Seven’s “Of Angels and Miracles” shows us why Torah is not exclusively in Heaven but dependent on Oral Law instead. Delegation of halachic authority in times of exile would enable adherence to normative Judaism instead of disastrous loss of Jewish tradition. The illustrative examples cited here can clear up spiritual confusion and let you look forward to the future.
Chapter Ten’s “A Short Story and Example” is for soothing your anguish over past mistakes, pointing out the path to personal improvement. It only takes a few moments of reflection. You can spend a lifetime relishing the results.
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