Intro: Why do bad things happen to good people? Read on some of the classic answers and some lesser known answers as the rabbis and philosophers struggle to answer the question of theodicy.
ותשובה ותפלה וצדקה מעבירין את רע הגזרה
But repentance, prayer and charity cancel the evil decree.
Perhaps another way to understand what happens to people is that we all get disconnected from God from time to time. Only if we are constantly connected can we be assured protection from the general maleficent forces in life: