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March 14, 2014  RSS feed
Rabbinically Speaking

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Have you experienced a miracle?

by Rabbi Alter Korf Chabad Center of St. Petersburg

It’s that time of year again. The dramathick plot of an evil man overthrown by the young princess. Of decrees, death, of prayer, of kings and queens and castles. The Purim Miracle: In one neat twist, Evil Guy is hanged and victim becomes Prime Minister. A neat orchestra of events, conducted by G-d.

But read the Megillah this year, follow word-for-word, and there is not a mention of G-d’s name. No “and G-d’s glory was revealed and the decree was nullified.” None of that. Not a word.

Where was G-d in the Purim tale?

Let’s have a look at this phenomena called miracles. Do they happen? Are they concealed between the bindings of the Five Books of Moses?

There are those kinds of miracles, the “Split the Sea” miracles that are open, obvious, and take your breath away if you happen to have the merit of experiencing one of them. Not so common, but you know it when you see it. Inexplicable medical stories for example.

Then there are the miracles that are not so obvious. That’s the ‘Aha moment’ comes with hindsight. That when you connect the puzzle pieces, you are left saying, ‘wow, how did that happen so perfectly?’ And if you were a little cynically-inclined, you’d probably say, “a coincidence.”

But then, my friend, we come to the third kind. This kind is a secret. But I’ll tell it to you because you won’t figure it out anyway. It’s the miracle you don’t even know about. That’s right – you don’t know about it and never will. Only G-d knows that He performed that miracle just for you.

Purim; G-d’s name is hidden. It’s a time to celebrate the miracles that happen to us “by chance.” It’s a time to be grateful for the times He looks out for us without our knowledge. When He nods silently and says, “this is on Me.” It’s so easy to complain about all the hiccups of life, we don’t even know what He’s protected us from.

Thanks for it, G-d.

The Rabbinically Speaking column is provided as a public service by the Jewish Press in cooperation with the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis. Columns are assigned, on a rotating basis by the board.

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