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Growth Through Tribulation
Rabbi Eliezer ben Yaakov said: One should feel a sense of gratitude toward the Holy One, Blessed is He, when suffering comes upon him. Why? Because suffering draws a person close to Him, as it is written, “Hashem reproves the one whom He loves” (Mishlei 3:12).
When suffering comes upon a person, he should accept it and withstand [the test], for its reward is infinite (Midrash Tanchumah, Parashas Ki Seitzei 2).
“Wait silently for [the salvation of] Hashem, and wait longingly for Him” (Tehillim 37:7). Place your hope in the Holy One, Blessed is He. If He brings afflictions upon you, do not demonstrate disdain; rather, accept your lot like [one would accept] musical instruments [(the Hebrew word for) “wait longingly” can homiletically be related to “flutes”] (Yalkut Shimoni, Tehillim 729).
1. Once, the tzaddik R’ Zalman of Volozhin (disciple of the the Vilna Gaon) was traveling with his brother, R’ Chaim. When they arrived at a certain inn, the innkeeper spoke harshly to them and refused to grant them a room for the night. Later, as they resumed their journey, R’ Chaim noticed his brother crying. “Why are you crying?’’ he asked. “Did you then pay attention to the innkeeper’s words? I ignored them completely!” R’ Zalman replied: “Heaven forfend that I should cry over being insulted. I am crying because I sense a slight inner hurt as a result of his words. I cry that I have not yet attained the level of ‘Those who are insulted … and are glad in their affliction’ ” (from Sefer Toldos Adam).
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