Seeking Answers With Humility

by JA Mag | March 4, 2013 in Jewish Thought

By Dov Karoll
Adapted from an address by Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein



One’s response to the specific event of this particular storm, or to natural disasters in general, is a function of one’s general view both of the melding interaction between God and the world, i.e., of natural events within a supernatural context, and of one’s right and, perhaps, one’s duty, to reflect upon the events themselves, to try to gauge and delineate the dimensions and roots of events of this kind... Read more.


Adapted from an address by Harav Aharon Lichtenstein, rosh yeshivah of Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel, by Rabbi Dov Karoll. Special thanks to Rabbi Reuven Ziegler for helping in the preparation of this article. For the complete transcript from which this article was adapted, please see

This article was featured in Jewish Action Spring 2013.