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Go Ahead: Ask for a Miracle!

Go Ahead: Ask for a Miracle!

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Dear reader,

Are you ever filled with such despair that you feel like your life is hopeless? In such moments, prayer is the opportunity that G‑d offers us to communicate with Him, to turn to our Creator for comfort and salvation.

And yet, during such challenging times, as you pray, do you ever hear yourself thinking: “Now, hold on, this is too much to be asking. There’s just no way that G‑d is going to move heaven and earth to grant me this request. Maybe I should ask for something a little bit more realistic, a tad more practical.”

In the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, G‑d promises Abraham to make him “into a great nation.” Years later, after undergoing trials and tribulations, G‑d reassures Abraham and tells him, “Fear not, Abram; I am your shield; your reward is exceedingly great.”

Abraham responds, “Behold, You have given me no seed.” Of what purpose is all that You are blessing me with if I cannot have a child of my own to continue after me?

At this point, “G‑d took him outside and said, ‘Gaze now toward the heavens and count the stars, if you are able to count them!’ And G‑d said to him, ‘So shall be your offspring!’” (Genesis 15:5)

Rashi questions the need for bringing Abraham outdoors. Simply understood, G‑d was taking Abraham out of his tent to see the stars outdoors, since his children would be as numerous as them.

But on a deeper level, G‑d was implying to Abraham that he needs to step outside the natural order and rely on G‑d’s miracles.

Abraham said: “Master of the universe, I have studied my astrological pattern, and it is clear that I will not sire a son.” G‑d responded, “Go outside the sphere of the stars, because no stars control the destiny of Israel!”

Rav Yehudah said in the name of Rav: “How do we know that no star controls the destiny of Israel? From the verse “He took him outside.” (Talmud, Shabbos 156a)

Abraham realized that according to the rules of nature, he was not destined to have a child. He realized that naturally Sarah would not have a child. But G‑d was telling him: a Jew must go outside—he must leave the natural order, because his prayer has the power to reach his infinite G‑d, who extends beyond the sphere of this world.

Prayer can create the miraculous by elevating us beyond the natural order.

Indeed, thirteen years later, when that miraculous son is born to Abraham and Sarah, he is called Yitzchak (Isaac), which means “laughter.”

From this son of laughter descends the great nation of laughter with whom G‑d establishes His special bond.

Because the very essence of the Jew and his existence is forever a laughing, miraculous wonder—explainable only through our prayers and our deep bond with our Creator.

Let us continue to pray for the safety of our brothers and sisters in Israel and for a speedy recovery of those who were wounded.

Chana Weisberg,
Editor, TJW


Chana Weisberg is the editor of TheJewishWoman.org. She lectures internationally on issues relating to women, relationships, meaning, self-esteem and the Jewish soul. She is the author of five popular books.
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Yahshyra Levy February 3, 2016

This is so beautiful! YES!!! WE must learn to go outside of our comfort zone!!!! SOOOOOOOOOO very POWERFUL!!!! Reply

Anonymous January 20, 2016

Not only are you beautiful Chana, but the Lord just used your article to speak to me! Reply

Jon Laubert Albuquerque October 23, 2015

Abram believed and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. He believed and offered his son, Isaac. I have, since an O.T. class in University that the story is not about Abram's Faith, but about Isaac's belief in receiving and believing and accepting and passing on that Faith. As Abram acted, so acted Issac, in like manner. So, also, does this site and it's contributors. The Holy One, Blessed be H-, continues to Bless us. Reply

yochanan October 22, 2015

it seems here that if the translation is correct then G-d even says to Avraham,

Please look Heavenward,

Please, how often to we read this in The Torah from G-d, this is also a very respectful moment to Avraham from G-d. Reply

vivienne havalantdt Ireland/Italy October 22, 2015

Praying for a miracle I am going to do just as Abram. Tonight I will look at the minions of stars and ask Ha'Shem to bless my daughter Gabriella. Laughter is a gift we have, even when things are awful we can stand back and see the funny side of the tragedy.

On the day my mother was laid to rest in the mortuary. Mother's death occurred on the way to the Doctor when the traffic lights turned red! Paramedics came to revive her, no resusitation. While Mama lay below in the mortuary I lay above in emergency after an accident. All night long she and I share the same space. To rid my pain I chanted in Hebrew. I look back on this scenario I can't help laughing at the tragi/commedy. Shabbat Eve I will go outside speak to Him of the universe and ask for a miracle. Reply

Phil Thailand October 21, 2015

I believe that Abraham was unique in his generation in that he both believed and obeyed G-d, hence the miracles that followed. Not only Jews, but Arabs and Asians are probably "children of Abraham" through Hagar and Keturah his concubine.

Of course the children of Israel are the true vine, but others may be grafted into that vine by faith. The great problem for the children of Israel now is unbelief: please pray that the scales fall from their eyes word wide, then the final ingathering will take place. Time is short. Reply

Yahshyra Levy October 20, 2015

Go Ahead: Ask for a Miracle! This is Very Elevating and Encouraging!!!! Reply

Howard Wright Jacksonville October 20, 2015

Thank you, I am blessed by each of your e-mails. They are uplifting and always bring more joy and peace to me. Bless you and I am prayer for the peace of Israel each time that I think of the trouble there. Israel holds a special place in my heart. Reply

Mrs. Chana Weisberg via chabadone.org October 20, 2015

Touched a Chord Thank you all for your beautifully uplifting comments. I appreciate each and every one of them!

It seems this post touched a common chord by many of you, because let's face it, nowadays, we can all use a miracle in some area of our lives!

Let's pray for a miracle in the Land of Israel and the safety of our brethren there! Reply

Jon Laubert Albuquerque October 20, 2015

The best action a perfectionist can take is with the mind. Hanah Aren't said once, and wrote:"The hardest work is done in the mind." Yah has ordered the Creation and it is the best. W hat would you change to make it better? Think through the consequences. We were created with free will:we choose good or evil. Reply

Valerie Bastian Redlands October 19, 2015

a beautiful post! Reply

Yossi USA October 18, 2015

Wonderful Wonderful....thank you.... Reply

Stella Lithonia October 18, 2015

Thank you! Thank you for writing this message. I was deeply touched. Reply

Yitzchak Chaim October 18, 2015

It is most commonly known that Yitzchak's name means laughter because Sarah laughed in disbelief when G-d told her she would bear a son at almost 100 years old.
It is also believed that the name "He laughs" comes from the hysterical fits of laughter that Abraham experienced when he believed G-d's promise of a son.
It's important to realize that our faith should overcome us with joy and laughter because we know G-d's promises will always be fulfilled. Actually witnessing miracles is just the icing on the cake. Reply

Anonymous Mesa, AZ October 18, 2015

Ask For A Miracle I constantly pray for the miracle of the gathering of my people as He promised. I am totally sure it will happen because His promises are not empty promises! It will happen soon. B"H Reply

Sylvia U.K. October 18, 2015

Lovely Hope, faith and love, what more could we ask for? Reply

Laurie Kurs East Windsor October 18, 2015

I was disabled and greatly incapacitated...a quadriplegic. My children fed me, I could barely see, and over the years things were going from bad to worse. I am my own definition of frum...nothing most would recognize!! Externally looking " not" - internally ready and prepared for Thursday......who would have thunk that the preceding Monday - I would experience a 90% remission!!! While my Dr's called it a Spontaneous Remission - all admit it is so VERY VERY rare......they all said it was a miracle....yup!! I never lost faith, just my dignity! BUT - it is back!!! Reply

MS Boynton Beach, FL October 18, 2015

Your post is totally bashert! How did you know that I am filled with worry and some hopelessness about my current life situation?? Reading your post has given me a bit of perspective change. I will increase my prayers to Hashem and trust that He will help my family in our time of need. Reply

Anonymous California October 18, 2015

Laughter Thank you for this wonderful message and that anything is possible through our G-d. We, Jew and Gentile, need to always remember this as we go through each day. G-d desires our belief, worship and trust every minute of each day. Reply

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Chana Weisberg is the author of Tending the Garden: The Unique Gifts of the Jewish Woman and four other books. Weisberg is a noted educator and columnist and lectures worldwide on issues relating to women, faith, relationships and the Jewish soul.
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