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Book Review: Pain Is a Reality, Suffering Is a Choice

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The Millennium Problems are seven of the most complicated math problems today. Each problem carries a one million dollar reward from the Clay Mathematics Institute to whoever can solve it. Within Judaism, one could develop similar Millennium Problems that defy answers. Perhaps the most significant of them is how to deal with divine justice.

In Pain is a Reality, Suffering is a Choice (Mosaica Press), my friend Rabbi Asher Resnick takes that question head-on and provides the reader with a framework and answers on dealing with one of the most intractable issues a person could ever face. Resnick writes not just from his head but also from his heart. The book is the outcome of his dealing with the death of his 14-year-old daughter from leukemia, which she valiantly fought for over a decade. Judaism seemingly has an answer to everything, and Resnick provides a framework to deal with two of the most significant Jewish Millennium Problems of suffering and Divine Justice.

The book would be worth it just for the fascinating insight it shares into the famous verse in Leviticus 10:3 of va’yidom Aharon – and Aaron was........

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