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For the Jewish moralists, to worry overmuch about the future betokens a lack of faith and trust in divine providence. A popular proverb in the Middle Ages was: ‘The past has gone by, the future has still to reply, God's help comes in the blink of an eye, to worry why try?’ In Hasidism it is held to be wrong to worry over-much even about one's spiritual future, since this interferes with the joy the Jew should always experience at being a servant of God. Yet to worry about the future seems to be endemic to the human situation, hence the Talmud (Yoma 75a) advises the man who is in a state of anxiety either to put it out of his mind or to find relief by sharing his worries with sympathetic friends. Another moralist is quoted as saying that the only thing worth worrying about is why one worries.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

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