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  2. Part Two moves on from the discussion of silence to the dangers of continued suffering and provides strategies to cope with and go beyond it. Suffering is a very real and erosive force. It can lead to terrible depression and sadness. To defeat them, one should introduce a fresh perspective into his or her thinking. A person must begin to replace troubling, destructive thoughts with positive, constructive ones. We are more than the sum of our pain, and we can therefore find the resolve to live and to grow despite our losses.

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  3. The first part of the lesson explores three instances of suffering (from the Torah, Talmud, and Midrash) in which the response was silence. Yet this silence is not a failure to respond. This silence reflects an appreciation that emotional pain is something that cannot be soothed by rhetoric and logic, no matter how profound. Secondly, pain and suffering come from a place that transcends human logic, and as such, defies human rationalization.

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  4. In Part One, Rabbi Goldman starts by comparing the classical view of work, which can be summarized as doing something that is unrelated to the core of the person—an alienation of sorts—in order to gain some greater good; with the Torah view, which asserts that man was created in order to toil. The reason G-d created the world in a way that one must toil to survive is because G-d wished to impart the ultimate kindness to human beings. The ultimate kindness is to give receivers the opportunity to become givers and thus become partners with G-d.

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  5. In Part Two, Rabbi Goldman discusses how we elevate the world through our work. One very important way is through giving charity, because in a very real sense, money is life since one must dedicate one’s full effort and one’s entire being in order to earn a living. Furthermore, work poses unique challenges because it requires one to engage in the physical world in order to be successful and productive.

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