Kenneth Cohen


Avraham Avinu stands out among all our great Jewish leaders, for his unshakable faith in Hashem. He was given ten difficult tests to see how strong his faith was, and he passed them all.

We must realize that during these difficult times that we have been experiencing, it is only our faith in Hashem, that will allow us to face the challenge before us.

Without this faith and complete reliance on G-d for our salvation, we will fall apart.
We must not allow ourselves to succumb to fears and doubts, and thinking negative thoughts. This will not help us at all. Worrying about what might be, can certainly be very damaging, as it will not make our situation any better.

Many people are asking how Hashem could allow such atrocities to take place, as witnessed just two weeks ago. It is natural that such thoughts should cross our minds, but we need not think in this way.

A great rabbi once said that he would not believe in a G-d, that he could understand all of His ways. The point being that Hashem’s greatness and ways are not able to be comprehended by man. We must remember that all His ways are just, even though at times like this, it’s hard to see it.

We must not be afraid to put our trust in Him. He has always been there for us, during our long exile, and He is with us now. One day it will be explained to us why this had to happen.

If we look at history, suffering was always followed by redemption. The Jews were slaves in Egypt, and redeemed with the giving of the Torah, and the entering of Eretz Yisrael. The tragedy of the Holocaust, gave us the State of Israel. And the suffering we experienced lately with unspeakable horrors, will bring great things for the Jewish people. Those who died, sanctifying Hashem’s Name, did so, in order that there will be a better tomorrow. We only need to hold on to the faith of Avraham Avinu, to help us get there.

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at