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13. Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

May 12, 2014 | by Rochelle Lev and Rabbi Benjamin Blech

Exploring the nature of suffering.


Understanding Judaism, p. 238-246



(1) What Hebrew term describes the ancient question of "why bad things happen to good people"? What are the two elements described by this phrase?

(2) What is the most fundamental question on the subject of suffering as posited by Rabbi Blech?

(3) Outline the three fundamental beliefs that Kushner says must be considered in order to address the issue of why bad things happen to good people.

(4) What conclusions did Job's friends come to about his character when they saw his life filled with suffering?

(5) How does the Talmud refute the assumptions that Job's friends made?

(6) How does Rabbi Blech refute those who reject the notion that people who suffer must really be bad people? And what do Job's experiences teach us about the nature of suffering?

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