Mystery Of The Almighty

February 26, 2021

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“Would you discover the mystery of Hashem? Would you discover the limit of the Almighty?” – Job 11:7

Zophar questions Job’s insistence that he is innocent, suggesting that Job is perhaps not as pure as he thinks he is, since man cannot comprehend God’s mind nor his desires of us. Even Moses, the greatest prophet of all time, was denied his request to fully comprehend the ways of God.

After the sin of the golden calf, Moses prays for the people and seeks closeness to God. Sensing that this was a time of mercy, he pleads with Hashem to let him understand His ways, and requests of Him: “Let me behold Your presence” (Exodus 33:18). God’s response, however, is, “You cannot see My face, for man may not see Me and live” (ibid. verse 20). The Sages understand this request to see God’s face as a metaphor for Moses’ plea to understand God. In fact, the Sages of the Talmud (Berachot 7a) suggest that Moses was specifically seeking the answer to the question of theodicy, wondering why bad things happen to good people and vice versa.

This is indeed the question that bothers Job throughout his book, and continues to trouble us for eternity. However, as Moses is told, we cannot comprehend the ways of God and might never understand the answer to this question as long as we are living. Today as we struggle with both a pandemic and social unrest – both on scales never seen before – we must understand that through all the struggles and pains that we go through, we are only growing stronger and more worthy of Godly blessing!

Shira Schechter

Shira Schechter is the content editor for TheIsraelBible.com and Israel365 Publications. She earned master’s degrees in both Jewish Education and Bible from Yeshiva University. She taught the Hebrew Bible at a high school in New Jersey for eight years before making Aliyah with her family in 2013. Shira joined the Israel365 staff shortly after moving to Israel and contributed significantly to the development and publication of The Israel Bible.

Shira Schechter

Shira Schechter is the content editor for TheIsraelBible.com and Israel365 Publications. She earned master’s degrees in both Jewish Education and Bible from Yeshiva University. She taught the Hebrew Bible at a high school in New Jersey for eight years before making Aliyah with her family in 2013. Shira joined the Israel365 staff shortly after moving to Israel and contributed significantly to the development and publication of The Israel Bible.

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