Sunday, May 17, 2015


The Garden

​   by Reb Gutman Locks   

The Garden


     When the body dies and the soul returns to the place from where it came, one of the first things that happens is a Bas Kol comes (a voice from higher Heaven). The soul is asked, "Did you enjoy My world while you were there?"

     If the soul answers, as many do, "What are You nuts? That place there is a mess! What with all the wars and famine and racial strife, not to mention the Muslims killing each other every day, and thousands of other innocent people being slaughtered! Agh!" then that soul will have to come back to this world again and again until it realizes why this world was created.

     The Zohar says, "Just like did Hashem place man (Adam) in the Garden back then, so does He place man in the Garden now, when he repents of his sins busies himself with the Torah"[i]

     When we look at the wars and apparent injustices, and rightfully judge them to be evil we are immediately exiled from the Garden for having eaten of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Bad. We then find ourselves in the land where we must work by the sweat of our brow in order to survive.

     When we see all the bad in the world to be the results of G-d allowing man freewill, and that in the end it will all have been for the good, when we look at the beauty here even in the simplest things, we find ourselves back in the Garden of Eden serving the Creator of all.


[i]  Zohar 27a 


  1. This is nuts and insensitive too. You go comfort a yazidi girl that had been raped by isis, and tell her " in the end it will all have been for the good". And then make sure she doesn't commit suicide or ends up in a mental hospital for the rest of her life.
    If you want to make this world better - do it by acting good, (which perhaps you do) not by trying to make belief all is good.

    I respect the good things you do and teach, but what you write here is highly offensive to people who have experienced suffering like you haven't.

  2. Do you remember Rabbi Akiva? "Gam ze'letova" This is also for the good. When you focus on the pain of the moment you see only evil. This is why he began his saying with "Also," Also this that does not look to be for the good, in the end you will see to be for the good. I didn't invent the idea. It has been around since man has been created. Be well

  3. There is a lot of pain and evil, but there is also goodness and beauty in the world. Besides looking at the negative in this world, we should also look at the beauty in this world. Of course, we shouldn't ignore the evil, we should eradicate it. But don't despair, redemption is coming

  4. I think it depends on one's definition of 'good'. I do not myself think that excruciating pain, whether physical or mental, could ever be considered good (ie comfortable or pleasant) at the time of sufferance. Even after the fact, I would most likely feel traumatised upon recall.

  5. Gutman:
    Rabbi Akiva said it about his own suffering, not about other people's suffering. That would be chutzpa. Also, Rabbi Akiva was one of a kind, whose goal in life was to die al kidush Hashem. That cannot be said about everyone, including big tzadikim (even Avraham Avinu did not have this goal in life). There are few individuals like that in every generation, but preaching that ideology to most people would help land them in a mental institution. Be careful. Perhaps there is place to mention that such an idea exists, but not to preach it loudly the way you do. People will either get pissed off (that's ok) or go mad if they really take the idea to heart. And they won't even leave comments here.
    Be well.

  6. With all due respect, I did not write that teaching from the Zohar, and surely it is proper to quote such a source. "Think good, and it will be good" is a wise Yiddish saying that really teaches the same thing.

  7. I think a main way one can interpret this is through reincarnation. Not the only way, but the main way.
    It cannot have been "Good" to have been in the Shoah.
    But there are those who say the 6M martyrs needed to be "Sacrificed" in order to be re-born into new bodies living in Israel.
    I cannot say their suffering was "Good", I cannot say their pain was anything less than awful, but maybe it was part of a deep spiritual acccounting?


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