Here's a great tip:
Enter your email address and we'll send you our weekly magazine by email with fresh, exciting and thoughtful content that will enrich your inbox and your life, week after week. And it's free.
Oh, and don't forget to like our facebook page too!
Printed from
Contact Us
Visit us on Facebook

Why Do Some of the Best Die Young?

Why Do Some of the Best Die Young?


Question of the Week:

I don't understand. Why do the good die young? I have lost a friend who was the best person I know. And I can think of plenty of not-so-good people who are living it up. Where is the justice? Can you make any sense of this upside down world?


Let me tell you a story.

Where is the justice?A great debate once raged in heaven. It was over a most beautiful and precious new soul that G‑d had created. The angels debated what should be done with this soul. One group of angels demanded that this soul remain in heaven. "She is too pure, too holy to face the ugliness of the lowly world," they said. "Who knows what will happen to her in a world of temptation and evil. This soul must stay with us here."

But the other group of angels said the exact opposite: "Indeed this soul glows with a unique divine glow. But for that very reason she must go down to earth. For imagine the beauty and goodness this soul can bring to a dark world. What good is there in keeping such a soul in heaven? Let her descend to earth and shine her light there."

And so they argued back and forth, each side unshakable in their view. Until it became clear that they could not resolve the issue themselves, they needed a Higher Authority. The case was brought before G‑d Almighty. The angels stated their arguments before the heavenly court. G‑d listened to the two opinions -the first group of angels arguing that this unspoiled soul is too holy to be plunged into the lowly world, the second countering that the world needs such souls more than anything.

And this was G‑d's response:

"Indeed, it is sad to send such an immaculate soul into such a dark world. But this is My will. I only created darkness so souls like this one can transform darkness into light. The whole purpose of creation was that the lowly world be refined by the good deeds of mortal human beings. This cannot be achieved by souls in heaven. It can only be achieved through souls in bodies. And so even this most perfect and pure soul must descend to earth."

The first group of angels, who requested for the soul to remain in heaven, were disappointed. They couldn't fathom how such a spiritual being could be expected to survive such a physical world. G‑d turned to them and said, "As for your request to keep this soul up here, I will grant it partially. Though she must leave us and go down to earth, it will not be long before she will return to us. Her sojourn on earth will be brief. Such a brilliant soul will not need long to fulfil her mission. Soon she will be free to come back to heaven."

Every day that she is on earth is a blessingG‑d then turned to the second group and asked, "Are you satisfied with that? Do you accept that this soul can only be on earth for a limited time?"

The angels replied, "Yes we do. Every day that she is on earth is a blessing."

When a loved one passes away, we feel we have lost something precious. We are left with a gaping hole in our heart, and we often wonder why they were taken away from us. But at the same time we can be grateful for the very fact that they were given to us in the first place. We are blessed to have such beautiful souls in our lives. The world is privileged to have such heavenly guests come down on earth. And even if it can only be for a short while, we will take whatever we can get.

In time all souls will be reunited. In the meantime, let us be thankful for the gift of every day

Aron Moss is rabbi of the Nefesh Community in Sydney, Australia, and is a frequent contributor to
© Copyright, all rights reserved. If you enjoyed this article, we encourage you to distribute it further, provided that you comply with's copyright policy.
1000 characters remaining
Email me when new comments are posted.
Sort By:
Discussion (79)
July 11, 2015
16 year old boy
A 16 year old boy passed away as a result of a car accident a week ago. He was the most beautiful soul, with smiles, vitality, energy, heart! Why, why was he taken from his Parents, from his Friends, from his Community, from US? Why did this happen to leave us so broken?
July 1, 2015
Why the good die young
Dear Rasha, my heart goes out to you. I have lost too many, some like parents although it is the natural way, it doesn't lessen the pain. Others I have lost all too soon, as you have, and are always in my heart. You wrote so beautifully and I feel what you feel, just by your words. Everyone I lose does diminish my conscious life exponentially. At times it feels like I should be gone from all this loss. Fortunately, those lost loved ones actually in another way have enriched our lives so, the thought of them and their memories, can expand our life and broaden our views, even with the pain of loss. I would not give up any sadness if it meant to miss one second of the joy I have spent with them. I wish you healing Rasha.
June 30, 2015
Because heaven needs heroes!
Amazing story..could strongly touch my heart!
We lose them..But should keep in mind that they will definitely be in a better place..we miss them but they know it..they feel and they still love one should worry..
Good bye lovely left me with 24 years of memories.. I do know that you are fine more cancer sweetheart in heaven..
I may get older and older,, and you will always be my little NiNo with the charming smile..
Goodbye lovely NiNo..will always love you..
June 28, 2015
Everyone you meet, is fighting a battle. Some are heard louder than others. But they are battles that scar us allthe same. Be kind, Be loving, Be understanding. Always.
March 4, 2015
Why do the best die young?
"Let me ask you something,
in a garden, Which flowers do you pick?"
"The most beautiful ones."
December 31, 2014
Dear Rachel, and all of you who are suffering from losses of life, and being left behind, this is for you, and me. I loved the "Angels," story, and wish this could ease the pain. Thank you Chabad, for being here and helping us connect to one another. I pray G-D blesses us all, those left behind who suffer, and those who have departed for a better world of existence. Chabad makes life livable at times when I feel it isn't. I am not Orthodox, but I gain great wisdom, warmth, love, and connection, to my Jewish people, because of this forum. Thank you much more than these mere words can imply.
December 18, 2014
great article!!!
thank you!
pinchas goldstein
December 15, 2014
I have been looking all over at where this story originated from. I had found it shortly after my dad died in 2000 and never did find the authors name. Does anyone know who originally wrote this wonderful story?
Brooklyn, NY
November 28, 2014
gone too young
Thank you so much for this
September 15, 2014
gone too young
My sweet kind sister battled cancer for 5 heart wrenching years, then fell asleep on 21/08/2014 leaving 5 children from 19 to 6 yrs and her husband. She was diagnosed with myeloma at 36 yrs ( very rare) and fought for 5 years...outliving her prognosis by 3 years.
She touched the lives of many and her funeral was packed. She was a great mother, wife , daughter, sister, relative and friend.
I don't know why she had to go...we are suffering terribly. But I guess God needed her more.
We love you more pain, suffering and struggle. Rest you. Xxxxxxxx