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Without miracles, we might come to believe that the laws of physics define reality. Once we witness the inexplicable, we see that there is a higher reality. And then we look back at physics and say, “This too is a miracle.”

The miracle of a small flask of oil burning for eight days was this sort of miracle.

Then there are those small miracles that occur every day. Those acts of synchronicity we call “coincidence,” because in them G‑d prefers to remain anonymous. But when we open our eyes and hearts, we see there is truly no place void of this wondrous, unlimited G‑d. These were the sort of miracles the Maccabees saw in their battles against the mighty Greek army.

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. To order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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December 12, 2012
Happy Chanukah!
Chanukah is to remember a miracle and a victory. Happy Chanukah to everyone in this site.
Jorge
Qro/Mexico
December 27, 2011
Miracles
Perhaps all miracles are really laws of our universe that we are not aware of YET.

"They could see the voice..." I can duplicate that miracle.

"The voice from the ark came from ..." I can duplicate that miracle.

Just physics (to me, now). But to them, in those days, it was a miracle.

What's the saying? Some time in the future when man has gained much knowledge, a scientist gets uppity with Gd and challenges Him to a contest. "You make life, and I will make life, and we will see which life is better," says the scientist. Gd "shrugs" His approval. So encouraged, the scientist takes some dust of the Earth, holds it high, when all of a sudden, Gd interrupts saying, "Hey, human, get your own dirt!"
Anonymous
ny, ny
December 21, 2011
Miracles for Chanukkah and everyday!
I always have liked the concept in the children's song lyrics, "Miracles don't just happen/they need people to help them along"
Is there any other way to remember that we are very much "G-d's helpers" in the everyday miracles that we take for granted.
This just another example of Tikkun Olam, and our importance (along with the Almighty's, Hand of course) in "helping G-d's work here on Earth.
In my [layperson's] opinion, there is no more important prayer in the liturgy than the Shema...And I think that the story of Chanukkah, despite not being considered a "major" holiday, demonstrates the power of humankind's convictions, and the power of "One"; One G-d, and many helpers! (That's us, and the power of One!)
Happy Chanukkah everyone, and may your candles dispell any "darkness" in your lives, and the heroism of the Maccabees be an inspiration! And...remember that a "Great Miracle Happend There" (or here, if you are in the Land of Israel!). Now, dig in and enjoy your latkes! :)
Susie Kahn Parker
Northridge, CA
December 8, 2009
Miracle
The miracle is that I am reading this beautifully expressed message for CHanukah, thanks to my daughter Michelle, who turned me on to your writings
Daniel
Palm Desert, CA
December 24, 2008
12-24-08 Miracles and law of Physics
From a metaphysics perspective, miracles are explained ... the ones that happen and the ones that don't. :)
Ronnie K.
Tucson, AZ
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