The question arises regarding testing people before marriage for being carriers of Tay-Sachs disease.
Some people wonder whether such testing is not contrary to the trust we are required to have in Divine Providence - why search for problems when in all probability none exist?
" Rebbe Akiva answered: "God made poor people precisely in order that we should help them.
Helping others is what God wants us to do." So you see, God wants us to make the effort.
There is a thin line between the virtue of trusting in God and the fault of carelessness and irresponsibility. A policeman warns him to evacuate because of a flood warning.
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, of blessed memory, a foremost authority on Jewish law, clarified this point.
"Although the percentage of infants born with this disease is small and one might be apt to apply the verse: 'You shall trust wholeheartedly in the Almighty,' (which Rashi interprets as meaning that one should not delve into the future), in light of the fact that a simple test has been developed for this, one who does not make use of it is like one who shuts his eyes to what can clearly be seen.
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