The Power of Thanks

The Hebrew word ‘modeh’ means both ‘thank you’ and ‘I admit.’ By saying ‘thank you’ to Hashem for both the good and seemingly bad, we are admitting that everything is from Hashem and everything is for the good.

Simple right? I’ve just crashed my car, I’ve just lost my job or I’ve just had a row with my wife. How is that something that I can sincerely thank Hashem for?

Rabbi Nachman of  Breslev teaches that if a person is to look at the spiritual value of our suffering – its ability to atone for wrongdoing, its power to cleanse a soul, its intent of stimulating a person to do teshuva and its value in strengthening a person’s character – he can begin to grasp that there is nothing bad, and everything is for the good.

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