I dared to speak to my Lord, and I am but dust and ashes… (23:4)

One of the chassidim of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (Reb Shmuel Munkes or Reb Eisel of Homil) once remarked: "Before I became a chassid, I used to think that G‑d must have a really tough heart. Every year at slichos1 He hears such heart-rending pleas and nevertheless…

"When I became a chassid and realized what's going on and where we're at, I thought: How benevolent G‑d is that when we dare to approach Him He doesn't strike us on the mouth…"