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First, G-d's omnipotence does not preclude free will, as the statement you bring clearly states. Omnipotence does not mean that everything is decided already, only that G-d knows what you will choose to do, even if you don't know yet. But it's true that certain things are decided in advance , so the question still stands, albeit on slightly altered legs. ...


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Some time before the 18th of Av, 1943, The Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote a letter to R' Moshe Dov Ber Rivkin, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva Mesivta Torah Vodaath. That letter is translated into English in a book called "Led By G-d's Hand". In the letter, the Lubavitcher Rebbe outlines "An overview of the different conceptions advanced by the Torah sages preceding the ...


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The Midrash (Bereishis Rabbah 68:4, and other places) tells a story involving R. Yosei ben Chalafta and a Roman lady, where he tells her that since the six days of creation Hashem occupies Himself with making matches and redistributing wealth ("the daughter of A will marry B; the wife of C will marry D; the assets of E will go to F"); she mocks this and ...


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Personally, I think that segulos are psychological aids. It's not that you bake a key in your challah and magically you somehow make more money. Rather, the baking of the key in the challah is supposed to be a symbolic gesture that will convey to you that all parnassah really comes from God. And once that becomes more clear to you, it will help your prayers, ...


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The Ramban on Shemot Perek 20, verse 2 comments on this issue. He speaks of how the events of the Exodus teach us many fundmental principles regarding God. Clearly the fact that God preformed the miracles of the plagues, splitting of the sea and the giving of the Torah at Sinai demonstrate Gods involvement in the destiny of man. It shows Hashem is in ...


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At Rabbi Asher Wade's Yad Vashem tour he told us the West Point story, saying that the student in the story had told it to him personally. A version of it was written up and can be read here (link).


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With regard to the first story, the only source appears to be the one you've quoted, which openly admits that the story may not be true. The second story, about the West Point graduate, is usually told about (not by) Rabbi Asher Wade, who supposedly met this student. I am a bit skeptical about its truth but I guess you could confirm it by contacting Rabbi ...


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The sneeze is not an os- a proof that his prayers were answered. It is a sign because of a correlation. If G-d is bestowing good on his body at that moment, then a prayer at that time would be answered, too, since the goodness comes from the same source. As an analogy, if you see someones head and he is wearing tefilin shel rosh, you would say ...


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God is active, as shown through this prayer (the modim): We thankfully acknowledge that You are the Lord our G-d and G-d of our fathers forever. You are the strength of our life, the shield of our salvation in every generation. We will give thanks to You and recount Your praise, evening, morning and noon, for our lives which are committed into Your hand, ...


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First, some background information: The way in which the Creator runs the world is termed in classical Jewish sources as hashgaha (השגחה) which means "supervision." The concept of "supervision" is subdivided into the categories of hashgahah p'rattith (השגחה פרטית), "direct (or, specific) supervision," and hashgahah k'lalith (השגחה כללית), "indirect (or, ...


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In a letter written in 1943, The Lubavitcher Rebbe (before he became Rebbe) discusses this issue, from the various points of view. The most restrictive view on the question is the Rambam, who holds that Divine Providence is limited to according to a person's connection to G-d. So not all things, just people, and not even all people. There is some discussion ...


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In Jewish thought it is by no means agreed upon that "everything is predestined." That everything is foreseen, perhaps, and that does create a certain paradox (see the Rambam in Hilchos Teshuva 5:5); but that everything is predestined, certainly not. According to Maimonides, man has complete freewill when it comes to the realm of action. In other words, ...


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I was at a Shiva where Rabbi Avigdor Miller Zatzal attended. The one sitting Shiva asked Rabbi Miller regarding the Nifteres - who was his wife. She was on the way to go do a Mitzva and was hit by a bus. How could this have happened? Do we not say that a Shliacha Mitzva does not get harmed. Rabbi Miller responded that in a place where it is ("Shechiach ...


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Divine providence is not limited only to people. Divine providence is that G-d governs the existence of every single physical entity. From the smallest sub-atomic particle to the largest galaxies in outer space. Each instance, every element is only in existence because of it's life force from G-d. Reshoim included. The question you really need to ask is ...


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According to the shaar bitachon of Chovos Halevavos chapter 3 - all human beings including non-jews. Four: He watches over and directs the lives of all men, He does not abandon any of them nor neglects any of them . None of their matters, small or great are hidden from Him, and no matter can distract Him from remembering another matter, as written: ...


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Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi discusses this at great length in the second section of the Tanya. He proves that G-d is actively involved in the world and in fact recreates it every moment. Thus, everything that happens in this world is directed by Divine Providence. Even a leaf falling from a tree at a specific moment and landing somewhere is decided by G-d. ...


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As much as it is theoretically possible to have divine assistance in keen comprehension, and to invest effort in memorization, memorization is more conceptually linked to divine assistance and keen comprehension is more conceptually linked to effort invested. לאוקמא גירסא, to establish the text [in one's mind], is the act of assimilating the information of ...


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Vilna Gaon on Yona 4:3 And how could one know what he corrupted before (in his previous gilgul)? There is on this 2 signs. One - that (sin) which he stumbles many times in this gilgul. On this they said "let him examine his ways", which ones does he stumble. Two - which sin does his soul desire greatly, because it was used to it previously and ...


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Here is some advice on the topic from Rebbe Nachman of Breslov: You should reflect on the different situations and occurrences that God sends your way day by day. Each day has its own thoughts, words and deeds. They are all completely unique to that day. God "contracts" His infinite, endless Godliness in such a way that Godliness is present even in the ...


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In Arachin 16b the Talmud discusses the reason for the affliction of Tzaraas on a person. One of the answers is מה נשתנה מצורע שאמרה תורה בדד ישב מחוץ למחנה מושבו הוא הבדיל בין איש לאשתו בין איש לרעהו לפיכך אמרה תורה בדד ישב וגו Wherein is the leper different that the Torah said: He shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his dwelling be? ...


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The Shulchan Aruch 103:3 writes if one releases air from the bottom during prayer it is a bad omen if it is from the top(sneeze,burp) it is a good omen.


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see the Gate of Trust from Duties of the Heart. According to it God is fully directing everything that happens to you, including what happens to you from other human beings. For example when someone does good to you, the correct outlook is to thank Gd for the good itself and the human person for his good intention. i.e. to understand that the good was from ...


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I just finished reading Rabbi Benjamin Blech's book "If G-d is Good, Why is the World So bad?" While I can't cite to any single page where he makes this point, a major theme of the book is that G-d granted us free will (Deut. 30:15-20). To use his language, if he had not given us free will, and the ability to make our choices, we would be nothing but "hand ...


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The Midrash Tanchuma (Naso:11) brings three things Moshe could not understand; how the Jews can atone for themselves, how the Jew can provide "food" (לחמי) for G-d, and how they can build a Holy Temple where G-ds presence will rest. To all of these things G-d replies: איני מבקש לפי כחי, אלא לפי כחן "I don't demand [of the Jews] according to My ...



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