Before I even begin this post, I want to say explicitly what should be obvious from the first paragraph: my critique of theodicy is aimed exclusively at Christian theodicy. Jewish theodicy -- and theology -- is a whole separate matter. Jewish theodicy is much less prone than its Christian counterpart to knee-jerk-ingly validate God's actions in the world. This is especially true of Jewish theologians and writers who reflect on the Holocaust: Richard Rubinstein, Emil Fackenheim, Eliezer Berkovits, David Blumenthal, Zachary Braiterman, Elie Wiesel, et al., none of whom ever let God off the hook. Even with comparatively honest Christian theologians like Philip Yancey (Disappointment with God, Where is God when It Hurts?, et al.), you just know God is going to be exonerated in the end. Even
For the last three weeks I have been in constant pain due to a pinched nerve in my back. This fussy nerve has been bothering me for a long time but I refused to listen to it. So now it is fighting back to get the attention it thinks it deserves. I have never been in so much pain before. It hurts to lie down, stand up and sit and that my friends are pretty much every possible position there is. But, I am not asking for sympathy, prayers yes, sympathy no because I got myself here by not listening to my body.
It is always easier to give someone else advice than to take that advice ourselves about taking care of the temple God has graced us with. Whether we are doing our busy lives or praying we often forget the clay vessel we are embodied with to the detriment of our health a