God’s Love Manifests in Hardships


The Jewish people mourn the destruction of the Two Holy Temples in Israel, which were destroyed over 2,000 years ago.

The Midrash tells how when the second destruction was taking place, a local farmer who could recognize the language of the animals heard about the destruction from one of his cows. As he shared this with one of his Jewish neighbors, the cow “spoke” again. The farmer told his neighbor, “The cow just announced the birth of the ultimate redeemer, Moshiach.”

The Talmud tells us, that when the enemies of the Jewish people entered the Holy of Holies, they saw the Cherubim (Golden Angels) in a position of embrace. They brought them to the marketplace and ridiculed them, “Look at what these people are occupied with!”

The Talmud tells us a host of miracles occurred in the Holy Temple regularly. This was God’s house, after all, and the presence of God brings experiences greater than what is “normal” in the “regular” confines of nature.

In the most Holy of Places where the ark stood, although the ark itself had its measurement, when one measured from either side of the ark to the end of the wall, it was as if the ark took up no space at all!

Another miracle. On the holidays, the curtain to the Holy of Holies would be opened, and if the Cherubim on top of the ark were facing each other, this would demonstrate to all “How God loves His people, and that we were pleasing to Him.”

However, if the Cherubim, which were made from solid gold, were turned back to back, they would know God was not happy with them, and they were not doing the right things.

Jeremiah and Isaiah prophesied the temple’s destruction as a punishment for not serving God properly. So, the question at hand is, if the Cherubim are face-to-face, this demonstrates God’s love for the Jewish people, “Why were they facing each other at one of the most severe moments in Jewish History?”

Chassidus explains that even when things appear bad or bitter, the light at the end of the tunnel is already shining. “God always precedes the cure to the malady.” Somehow, despite the circumstances, there is always a positive reason, and a productive purpose behind all that occurs.

The purpose of hardship is to strengthen us, to refine areas of ourselves and the world that we would not reach if not for that hardship. The potential for great growth is contained within difficulty and persecution, even in the rot and destruction.

Mysticism tells us that the higher the spark, the lower it falls. Problems of the lowest sort and what appears the strongest of hardships come from a very high powerful source, and in the tribulation is already embedded the highest, most potent, and sublime energy. When going through our hardships, we must realize that God is doing what he does because he loves us, and He knows (because He grants us) the greater potential we can and must draw from this condition.

Chapter 64

About the Author
Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui is an author and lecturer. "A Spiritual Soul Book" & "Maimonides Advice for the 21st Century" Rabbi Ezagui opened in 1987 the first Chabad Center in Palm Beach County, Florida, and the first Orthodox Synagogue on the Island of Palm Beach, Florida.
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