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04/17/2020

Dear Director Michael,


I found a listing on an Orthodox Jewish job search website that was looking for a “...Baal Shem, Tzidik, Rav or other person capable of cursing [his] enemies...” I assume this is just a misspelling of tzadik.


Is such a thing done in Orthodox Judaism? Is it encouraged? What about for Noahides?


It all seems very non-ideal to my thinking...why wouldn't someone just figure out the way that HaShem *really* wants him to live his life and go from there, trusting that He will take care of the enemies part of the picture as long as that man takes care of his own domain? I'm not saying the person definitely is wrong to ask for such a thing. I'm only telling you the questions that came to mind.


I tremble to think about what could happen to the enemies of G-d. I also suspect that a “punishment” from G-d in this world could be a great blessing for them as it might encourage the separate but related processes of repentance and atonement, hopefully sparing them from Gehinnom. Is this right?


Thank you,


John