Thursday, July 07, 2011

A People of Miracles

Years ago someone asked the Rebbe, "Is it proper to educate children to believe in miracles?".

You wonder what planet some people live on, with the questions they raise. After all, from the moment of its inception, the Jewish nation was fostered on miracles and super miracles. It started with our very first forefather, when Abraham was safeguarded from Nimrod's inferno. Isaac, our second forefather, was born to Sarah who, a barren woman, first gave birth at the age of 90. What about the splitting of the Reed Sea, the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, or the wars Joshua fought to conquer the Land of Israel?

What about the miracles after destruction of the Temple, namely, the miracles of Purim and Chanukah? And what about the very existence of the Jewish people until now, remaining pure-bred over 3,700 years, surviving as a lamb among 70 wolves?

The Rebbe responded thus (roughly translated), "Firstly, I must say, and hope you'll excuse me for it, it does not cross my mind that you do not believe in miracles! ... For in our time, if a Jew were to say he doesn't believe in the supernatural, it's self-deception ... Were he simply to open his eyes and lay aside superstitions, he'll not have to 'believe' in miracles, because he'll see them with his fleshy eyes!"

The Rebbe wrote this letter some 50 years ago, in 1962!

Today, after the Six-day War; After the Yom Kippur War; After the downfall of the mighty Soviet Union that fought so hard to extinguish worship of God; After the Gulf War, when 39 Scud missiles landed on Israel, only causing some scratches; After the Israeli government offered the so-called "Palestinians" 97% of their land requests and Arafat obstinately refused; And so many others times - why, miracles have become commonplace!

We the Jewish People always have been an ongoing miracle; And shall be, forever. If anything, these miracles are becoming more obvious, collectively and individually. We only need to open our eyes to see them for what they are.

Everything and all of life is a miracle; It's just that with Jews it's more obvious!


  1. Very nicely written and so true.
    We need another miracle in the not too distant confrontation,
    the scourge of the Leftists
    If what Eitan says is accurate, tens of thousands of Jews could be evicted from their homes, says National Union Chairman MK Ya'akov Katz (Ketzaleh). In a recent interview with Arutz 7, Ketzaleh said that based on his analysis of the speech, the Prime Minister would likely seek the removal of over 120,000 Jews from their homes. In his analysis, Ketzaleh named dozens of towns that are outside the settlement blocs he believes Netanyahu is referring to – with large towns like Beit El, Karnei Shomron, Givat Ze'ev, Kedumim, Kiryat Arba, and many others on the “chopping bloc,” since they are outside the “settlement blocs.”
    From Eitan: Blocs to be Annexed; Rest of Yesha to be Abandoned

    This is purely insane and must be stopped.

  2. Neshama, it seems to me, the more I dwell on this earth, that so much insanity prevails it is almost unbearable.