(50) Redemptive Suffering

Unusual Biblical grammar does not mean that the Bible was poorly written; it means that we have to work to uncover its deeper meaning. Psalms 116:6, which has always perplexed translators, exemplifies this notion. David and Pesach dig into the text, and discover the surprising truth that this verse is dealing with the redemptive aspect of suffering. Although we never wish to have major suffering in our lives, and usually cannot explain the reason for suffering, we nonetheless can affirm that suffering often gets us back to the basics in our relationship with G-d, by helping us to ignore the frivolous and unimportant parts of life that tend to take over our consciousness.