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!
Contact Us
Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski tackles the big questions of why G‑d allows suffering, and how to best handle the challenges of loss and grief.

A Jewish Response to Suffering

A Jewish Response to Suffering

Why does G‑d test us?

Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski, a psychiatrist, rabbi, and founder of the the Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Pennsylvania, is a renowned author of more than fifty titles on self-help issues.
© Copyright, all rights reserved. If you enjoyed this article, we encourage you to distribute it further, provided that you comply with's copyright policy.
Sort By:
Discussion (22)
October 19, 2016
you are helpful
you have saved me while I'm doing research because i was listening to you and it inspired me to work hard!!!!, thank you Rabbi
Kayden Bundrock
July 26, 2015
A thank you for Rabbi Twersky
Dear Rabbi Twersky
It is Tishabav and I saw this video come have helped me tremendously. Your downtoearth approach, your human understanding and admitting to not understanding...all of it has helped me so much.
I have been through many difficulties and on top of that am a deep feeler and thinker. This lecture really warmed my heart and soul and gave me strength.
Thank you,
Julie Starr,
Toronto, Canada
Julie Starr
Toronto, Canada
July 26, 2015
Precious Wisdom
So wise, he is so right about how we all want the answers to everything. Answers are only found for those who take the path to true spirituality, where pain and suffering are part of the equation. Build your own roads, otherwise if you walk somebody else's don't complaint about the bumps that will come your way.
North Miami
March 5, 2015
Dear Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski,
I just listened to your topic on suffering. Thank you. Thank you for your years of selfless dedication. I pray HaShem ease your own suffering.

I look forward to listening to more of your insights from The Talmud.

My father was a medical physician (bless his memory)
Dr. Warren R. Osborne. I saw his compassion for human suffering.
tracee smiddy
January 19, 2015
Thank you
Tearfully I struggle every day, why rabbi why? I have lost all my religion from my unending sufferings. Try to be honest with yourself, man is more compassionate then God. Some men would prevent our pains, God does not. Why do you say, if there is no God then nothing makes sense at all. Then everything makes, life is based off of love. Life is not based off of notions of a merciful God who is not actuality merciful. The purpose of life is to end suffering and make happiness for ourselves, others, and the world.
If Hashem gave me the world to operate I would end all suffering. Therefore God is either described incorrectly in the torah as compassionate or there is no God. For it is not compassionate to make his people suffer, for no reason.
September 16, 2014
Response to Suffering
Thank you Rabbi Twerski for this wonderful lecture. I see Hashem's, blessed be He, glory every day because His presence is in my life. That is the greatest miracle in my life. When He corrects me, when things do not work so good as I expected. That leads me to know that i did something wrong that needed correction, and I thank Him for that. That is the only way i know that my father is by my side. Now i realized that i should praise Him more than i actually do everyday.
May 5, 2013
Thank you so much for such an uplifting Shiur!
Dear Rabbi Dr Abraham Twerski

Thank you so much for the wonderful Shiur! I have gained so much chizuk from it and you have helped me deal with my 'sufferring'! I have learned to see the good from my 'nisayon'. May Hakodosh Baruch Hu keep you in good health always ad me'ah ve'esrim shana.
June 16, 2012
A Jewish Response to Suffering
Dear Rabbi and Dr.
Thank you for helping me understand that we have to be closer to Hashem and trust his infinite wisdom. That a sunny day in the desert doesn't make grow nothing, also the desert needs a rainy day.
Dr. Gregorio Nosovsky
March 23, 2012
My entire life I have been angry with G-D for the bad things that happened. I thought for many years He was punishing me for something terrible I did and just can't recall or the accumulation of things I can recall having done in unkindness. Thank you Rabbi for helping me to see that were I to be able to fathom from His perspective, I would see the tremendous love behind every thought towards me and mine;towards us all.
wendy colby
Avon, NY, NY
March 15, 2012
A question
I like the concept or the sound of giving G-d my problems but I'm not sure what it entails or means. It's difficult for me to describe. Does it mean one is placing one's faith in G-d while still struggling to work things out with the other person or situation? If one is still making an effort, then what is he leaving in G-d's hands?
Or does it mean one is no longer responsible in terms of taking appropriate action for one's life and working harder to achieve the goal or rectify the problem? That is, if one gives G-d one's problem, does that mean he doesn't do anything to seek justice or accomplish the task? In other words, if one continues to struggle to meet his goal, does that mean he hasn't given the problem to G-d?
In the past, I've thought that only when I am out of ideas do I leave it in G-d's hands, but that doesn't seem to be what the article is saying, is it? Thank you.
Join the discussion
1000 characters remaining
Email me when new comments are posted.