Suffering & Evil in Judaism
Questions like "why did this happen to me?" focus on our past and our pain. Perhaps more helpful are questions that open doors to the future: "Now that this has happened, what shall I do about it?"Read more
Texts and Traditions
A concept that accounts for suffering, but raises lots of other problems.
An ambiguous divine speech is the subject of great scholarly debate.
At Sinai, the Israelites accepted the punishments that would result if they betrayed God.
If suffering is beneficial, then the existence of evil is not a problem.
Theological responses to individual and communal tragedy.
Can the Holocaust be integrated into traditional theological discourse?
Jewish theological discourse after the Holocaust.
First we cry, then we act.
Sometimes the world is upside down, and the troubles pile over the goodness.
The deviant use of human freedom, not God, is the source of evil and suffering.
The word Satan simply means an adversary and is used in the Bible for any opponent or enemy.
What does it mean to be 'cut off' from the Jewish people?
According to the kabbalists, evil is a bi-product of the relationship between humans and the sefirot.
Rich interpretation of the biblical injunction to not place a stumbling block in the path of the blind.
The bad inclination and the good inclination in Jewish thought.
By Oliver Leaman
By David Kraemer
By Harold Kushner
By Lisa Aiken
Jewish thinkers throughout the ages have asked: Why do bad things happen to good people?