Man should know that suffering sweetens all hard things (Photo: ShutterStock)
In Parashat Vaikara - which is read on Shabbat in the synagogue, the Torah writes "And every offering of yours shall be salted with salt, and you shall not withhold salt from the covenant of your God over your offering; on every offering of yours you shall offer salt."
The Rebbe Rabbi Yosiah Pinto explained in his lesson that we learn from this an important principle for life: a person should rejoice in the sufferings that come upon him because they sweeten the evil and the judgment from him. Thus
Rabbi Pinto said in detail:
Our holy sages tell us (blessings and peace be upon him) that a covenant is said in salt and a covenant is said in pain , as the aforementioned covenant with salt prepares the flesh and sweetens the flesh, so the suffering prepares and sweetens the situation and the difficult struggles that a person goes through.
Many times in life, man goes through severe trials and tribulations, and in the midst of the trials and tribulations that man goes through, man complains why God is testing him and putting him through hard things, things that seem uncomfortable and not good. But man should know, ask him to think and feel this way, but man should know that sufferings sweeten all difficult things. All sufferings that come to a person are for the good and they sweeten for him things that are really difficult to withstand and impossible to deal with. This is how it is told
about Rabbi Hida, who was a genius of Israel and was the Holy of Holies, that a man would come to him who was constantly complaining about suffering Difficulties that he has, the Hida sat him in his Beit Midrash and a slumber fell on that man. When that man fell asleep, he dreamed that he saw the judgment house of Ma'ale and there there are bad angels who show all the wrongs he has done and there are good angels against them who show all the good things that he did
The good things that that person did, says Rabbi Hida, had a light and thin weight, the bad things that he did had a very heavy weight. They put them both on the scales and surely the bad things were heavier than the good things that he did. That person was in great sorrow and in great anguish of mind and he saw How the law is going badly with him and he will go to hell.
Suddenly all the sufferings that that person went through in life came in and the sufferings were put in the scales in the place of the good things and slowly the scale descends and lowers the weight of the iniquities that are on the other scale, but a little more suffering was missing to sweeten it all That person started crying in the dream and shouting why didn't I have more suffering? Why didn't I have more problems?
A person should know that this world is a passing world, a passing world and when a person goes through suffering they sweeten the judgment and evil of a person. A person should rejoice in the suffering that comes upon him. and causes all the evil to be removed from it.
David Berger, in collaboration with Shuba Israel