Where is God?The Theology of Tragedy in the    Book of Lamentations        By Dan Friedman
Chapter One: We Suffer• Was it something we did?  –  –       -              -  –              -  –• But just look at us!  ...
Chapter One (Part Two):   Cruel and Unusual Punishment• For He is a vengeful God  –  –     -  –                           ...
Chapter One• How do we reconcile suffering with the  existence of an omnibenevolent God?  – We suffer if we sin  – All suf...
Chapter Two• Hashem has carried out His plan  –-                 --  –(               )• We must cry!  –-         -       ...
Chapter Two• The reason for suffering is perfectly evident  – Hashem punishes sin in a ruthless, calculated,    devastatin...
Chapter Three• The man suffers greatly and despairs  –     -  –• But the man understands  –  –    -  –     -  –           ...
Chapter Four• The Perek reassesses the tragedy with new  understanding  –            -                      -  –          ...
Chapter Five• A message to God  –-                        -  –  –  –  –    -                        -• God has brought tra...
Conclusion• All tragedy is Divine Retribution• It seems unjust: Why do our aggressors go free?  – Our aggressors are not t...
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  1. 1. Where is God?The Theology of Tragedy in the Book of Lamentations By Dan Friedman
  2. 2. Chapter One: We Suffer• Was it something we did? – – - - – - –• But just look at us! – - –
  3. 3. Chapter One (Part Two): Cruel and Unusual Punishment• For He is a vengeful God – – - – -• But He is also a righteous God – – - - – - - -
  4. 4. Chapter One• How do we reconcile suffering with the existence of an omnibenevolent God? – We suffer if we sin – All suffering is the direct result of sin• But suffering is insufferable! – The agony of Jerusalem of great; how great must have been our iniquity? – There is no justice! – There is no comfort…
  5. 5. Chapter Two• Hashem has carried out His plan –- -- –( )• We must cry! –- - -- – - -
  6. 6. Chapter Two• The reason for suffering is perfectly evident – Hashem punishes sin in a ruthless, calculated, devastating way• But we cry to Hashem nonetheless – We cry because suffering is great and always emotionally incomprehensible – We cry to appeal to God’s Infinite Mercy – We cry because only through crying will the suffering end
  7. 7. Chapter Three• The man suffers greatly and despairs – - –• But the man understands – – - – - – -
  8. 8. Chapter Four• The Perek reassesses the tragedy with new understanding – - - – - - – -- - - - -
  9. 9. Chapter Five• A message to God –- - – – – – - -• God has brought tragedy, and tragedy is terrible, but now, the understanding sufferers would like to be taken back
  10. 10. Conclusion• All tragedy is Divine Retribution• It seems unjust: Why do our aggressors go free? – Our aggressors are not the concern right now – We must consider our sins and ask for deliverance – Our aggressors…their time will come• Tragedy is tragic, there’s no two ways about it• But tragedy has a purpose; it must be recognized as punishment

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