Founder and president of Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute
There is no such thing as God getting angry at you.
Some writings in the Torah could be misinterpreted that way because it speaks in the language of human beings, but the upper force has no anger. It is above human emotions. It is more accurate to think of God as a system that knows everything that is going to happen in advance.
Negative phenomena that enter our lives, such as natural disasters and pandemics, are not out of any anger on God’s behalf. Instead, they come in order to teach us how to better understand the system we exist in, and to organize ourselves in balance with that system: to become as integrally connected as the system.
How can we know for sure that not balancing ourselves with nature as an integral system is the reason for the misfortunes that befall us?
We see how nature is an interconnected and interdependent system, and the human being is the only part in this system that has free choice. Only we can push nature out of its balanced connection.
How does this work?
We humans were made with egoistic desires to enjoy ourselves at the expense of others and nature. Such an inclination is called “evil” or “bad” due to its opposition to the system’s functioning.
While starting out in this opposition to nature’s connected form, we need to balance ourselves with nature by entering into positive, kind and caring relationships with each other.
If we fail to motion toward changing ourselves from being negatively connected to each other, where we wish to benefit ourselves at each other’s expense, to a positive connection where we wish to benefit and serve others, then we invite various errors and negative responses to accumulate in the system, and the system accordingly reacts. We fill the system with more and more deviations, and then it boomerangs back to us accordingly. Its response targets the negative connections that we inserted into it, and such a response is aimed precisely at correcting us, i.e., at shifting us from negative to positive relations among each other.
It is important to emphasize that this single system of nature, God or the upper force—all of which are one and the same, i.e., a single force of love and bestowal—relates to us according to how we relate to each other, and not solely in terms of how we relate to the system on its still, vegetative and animate levels. Therefore, however you might think about this system, whether as God, the Creator, the upper force or as nature, it has the same demand toward you: that you positively connect with other people.