From Casey in NYC
In Exodus 15:26 it says "I am the Lord that heals you." Does going to a doctor contradict this? Thank you.
I have a story for you: A man swept away by a flood sees two guys approach in a rowboat. "Hop in!" they shout. "No, thanks," he says, "God will save me." Next, a tugboat passes by. "Climb aboard," calls the captain. Again he refuses. "God will save me," he says. Then the Coast Guard sends a helicopter but he refuses to board, giving the same reason. Finally, he drowns.
Up in Heaven, an angel asks why he refused help. "I wanted to rely on God alone," he replies. "Idiot!" says the angel.
"Who do you think sent you the rowboat, the tugboat and the helicopter?"
The Torah (Bible) gives explicit permission to engage in healing. The verse (Exodus 21:19) says that if one person strikes another person, the attacker "shall pay for his unemployment and for his medical expenses”.
Our task is to exert the effort and then to recognize that ultimately it is