How to be righteous in the face of world suffering

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How to be righteous in the face of world suffering

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There's war, there's suffering, there's people starving, and your children know about it. How do you talk to them about it? Parents make this mistake over, and over, and over again. They ask the question "why?", and that question is unanswerable. What you really want to say to your child is, "Now that there is suffering, what next? What do we do?" There's a great word in Judaism called "tzedakah". Everyone thinks it means "charity". It doesn't. It means "righteousness", and what you're here to do on Earth is to make the world right, because it's unbalanced. There is suffering. So, that's the goal. Teach your children to be aesthetic, to be a righteous person. That's the lesson to learn from suffering.

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Rabbi Sherre Hirsch

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Rabbi Sherre Hirsch is a mother of four, author, speaker, TV personality, teacher and the spiritual life consultant for Canyon Ranch.  After eight years at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, she stepped out from behind the formal podium to share her message in all kinds of pulpits from The Today Show to a small baptist church in Alabama.  She published her first book, We Plan, God Laughs: What to Do When Life Hits You Over the Head in 2008; her second book will be published in early 2013. Rabbi Hirsch spends her free time practicing yoga, baking brownies and playing freeze dance with her husband and children.

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