David HaMelech famously stated, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me.” David HaMelech did not expect that we will live amazing lives with no hardships. Life may certainly be difficult at times (e.g., financial difficulties, children who do not live up to our expectations, health issues, etc.). At times, just like David HaMelech, we may feel as if we are “walking through the valley of the shadow of death.” What keeps us all going is when we stop to realize that we are not afraid. We remember that Hashem is with us and will comfort us and help see us through any rough times we experience.

The Midrash Tanchuma explains the reason why B’nei Yisrael survived through all their numerous troubles and exile, while the goyim did not. The answer is that even when goyim are faced with troubles, they do not recognize Hashem. David HaMelech understood this when he said, “Sh’foch chamas’cha el ha’goyim asher lo y’da’ucha – Pour out Your wrath upon the nations that do not recognize You” (T’hilim 79:6). B’nei Yisrael, on the other hand, have completely different reactions. When we are faced with sorrows, we call out and turn to Hashem and His Torah, as David HaMelech stated, “Tzarah v’yagon emtza u’v’sheim Hashem ekra – I will find troubles and sorrows, and I will call out in Hashem’s name” (T’hilim 117:13).

When everything is going well, it is easy to turn to Hashem and thank Him for His goodness. The real test comes when we run into rough waters. How do we react to yisurin – life’s difficulties? We turn straight to Hashem! The Chazon Ish zt”l (Emunah and Bitachon, Chapter 2) says that difficulties do not come by accident. They were decreed from Heaven. One who has bitachon (trust in Hashem) realizes this and turns to Him. He pours out his heart in t’filah (prayer). This is the hallmark of a Jew. This is what keeps us alive.


List of People Who Need a r’fuah sh’leimah (a complete recovery)


Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.


Shmuel Moshe ben Peninah

Yosef ben Leah

Aharon Mordechai ben Sharon

Eliyahu ben Miriam

Moshe ben Rachel

Michael Uram ben Raya Rachel

Nisan ben Yael

Nissim ben Devorah

Exra ben Farida

Yehoshua ben Miriam

Mordechai ben Rachel Anba

Yehoshua ben Fruma

Yisrael Meir ben Etta Rachel

Masoud Meir ben Etta Rachel

Moshe ben Mazal

Yechezkel ben Esther Serel

Yitzchak Chaim ben Sarah

Shimon ben Mercedes

Eliyahu ben Margalit

Yosef ben Nosrat


Frieda Malkah bas Sarah

Tinokey bas Rivkah

Malkah bas Reich Shifrah

Rachel bas Yehudis Binah Baila

Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Ruchama Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Esther Hadassah bas Devorah

Alizah bas Miriam

Chanah Elianah bas Naomi

Adele bas Adi

Orah bas Naomi

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