Taylor Talks: One Thought that will Heal You

G-d says in the book of Exodus: “All the diseases that I placed on Egypt, I will not place on you. I am G-d your Healer.” The verse, at first glance, seems contradictory. First G-d says that sickness will not come, but concludes the verse “I am G-d, your Healer,” implying that sickness may indeed come and He will heal it! The ambiguity can be explained as follows: When G-d brought the plagues to Egypt, He did so as a punishment for transgression. G-d informs the Jewish people that afflictions that come upon them will be of a different nature. Rabbi Pinchas Taylor reminds us that the afflictions will not be punishments per se; they will instead be curative wounds.