peace hurts

Shalom (שלום - peace) always comes with bitterness. Because all healing comes with the bitterness of herbs, and Shalom is the ultimate healing. As it says: שלום לרחוק ולקרוב אמר ה' ורפאתיו - peace to far and near, says HaShem and heals him.

Sometimes, someone is so sick that they can't tolerate the bitterness of the herbs necesary to heal them, then the Doctors give up, and cease to treat the patient.

Similarly, people might be so far removed from God, so sick with sin, that they cannot receive Shalom.

For these people, HaShem throws away their sins, so they can receive Shalom with suffering they can survive.
(Likkutei Moharan I:27)


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