BLOG POST by RABBI MARK WILDES | Friday, February 16, 2018
On the last day of the conference, my teacher and mentor, Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter shared a timely and powerful idea he heard from his teacher, the late and great Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik. In a monumental article entitled “Behold my Beloved is Knocking”, Rabbi Soloveitchick wrote that in times of tragedy one should not ask why but what. What kind of response, what kind of positive action should one take as a way of dealing with adversity? The finite cannot comprehend the infinite; humankind can never truly understand God or His ways and so Rabbi Soloveitchik argued, asking why bad things happen to good people is an exercise in futility. Asking what is an entirely different story.
In honor of the fallen victims of Parkland, Florida.