Letter to the Editor

Blessing God for the bad in life

Richard Cohen [“Romney’s faith is his business,” op-ed, June 5] was inaccurate (and a little smug as well) in describing his synagogue experience: “I watch a congregation of very smart people thank God for all the good things in life but hold him harmless for the bad.”

The sages of the Talmud teach that “just as a person blesses God for the good, thus a person is obligated to bless God for the bad.” Many “smart people” in synagogue are deeply attuned to this when they are engaged in prayer.

Mark Novak, Washington

The writer is a community rabbi who is currently serving at Adas Israel.

 
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