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If You Like Your Doctor…


Welcome to our newest Oswego Chai Monthly donor, Betsy Ahrens.  May your generosity be a merit to you and your family!

We are now in the Hebrew month of Iyyar.  In Hebrew, the month is spelled אייר.  This is an acronym for the words “Ani Hashem rofecha” (I am G-d, your healer).  G-d is the ultimate doctor.

There are two ways to cure an illness: the human way, and the G-dly way.

When we cure an illness, there’s first and illness, and we cure it.  While the person is now better, there was a period of actual sickness.  Hashem, on the other hand, cures our ills in such a way that there was never a problem to begin with.  In fact, He always makes sure the cure precedes the disease.  This means that if there’s a perceived problem, Hashem has already put the solution into action.  This gives us the knowledge that no matter what happens, Hashem has already taken care of it.  All we have to do is make sure we can stay out of the way enough and be a proper vessel to let His plan work.

It is for this reason that the sages say that anger is akin to serving idols.  If we recognize that G-d is in charge, there would be no need to get angry. It’s only because we temporarily forget this fact and think that we (or something else) has enough influence over our situation that can override G-d.

So remember who’s in charge, and keep the real doctor 😉

Have a great week!
~Rabbi Yossi

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