the wisdom to heal

In the same breath, God tells us he won't plague us with all the illnesses he pours down upon our enemies, AND he tells us that he is our healer. The Noam Elimelech asks a great question on this, one that should be apparent to all. If he isn't going to bring down illness upon us, what is he healing?

To explain the answer, he brings down a great chidush: Why does God prefer to be praised by the fact that he brought us out of Egypt, instead of being praised by the fact that he created the whole world in the first place? Because bringing us out of Egypt is a greater feat than creating the world.

How could that be possible? It's in God's nature to be giving and kind, so creating everything was natural for God. Removing us from Egypt through bringing down harsh blows on the Egyptians, such a thing is against the nature of God. But, he broke his nature out of his love for us. This is why speaking of the redemption from Egypt is even greater praise than recalling his creation of the world.

Similarly, HaShem won't ever bring down plagues on us because He loves us. But, when He makes us ill because it is truly in our best interest, He is our healer.

My father-in-law is in the hospital now, since erev Shabbath. He's had a number of set-backs, but we are all utterly devoted to his well-being and are there with him, praying for him. If anyone can find time in their busy Pesah-cleansing to say some tehillim or devote some of their prayers or Torah learning, it would be greatly appreciated. His name is Meir Benayahu ben Victoria (מאיר בניהו בן ויקטוריה) He is a national treasure, a professor who wrote over 30 books on the transmission of Jewish knowledge throughout our history, (including works on the Arizal, Ramhal, the ChiDa and many others) unbeknownst to many he is a pioneer of the Open Source philosophy freely sharing access to his formidable library with any and all who are interested in research. (this before the internet even existed) His father was the Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Israel (Rishon L'Tzion) for eighteen years, including during the six day war. In particular saying these three perakim of tehillim would be greatly appreciated: מב, פד, and קכו. That's perek 42, 84, and 126.


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