Sunday, December 14, 2008

"God tests the pots that are whole"

“God knows the person whom He is testing and is confident that the outcome will be for the good.

As a certain Midrash teaches: just as the potter knocks on the newly completed vessel to ascertain if it is sound, so does God knock on a man.

A potter will refrain from knocking on an obviously cracked vessel, it would only break.

He tests the pots that are whole”

--Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

From The Candle of God, p. 204 by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz