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Nessa is certainly listed as a Jewish name here. But I cannot find it used in the Bible neither in my concordance (Even Shoshan) nor in an online concordance. Nes is a more masculine form and does exist in the Bible – Numbers 26 (10) and Isaiah 11 (10). My concordance lists its meaning as a “sign” (with miraculous associations) – see the translations.


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According to the Gemara, Berachot 20a, it's because we're not willing to sacrifice ourselves Al Kiddush Hashem quite as readily nowadays. Rab Pappa asked Abbai : How were our predecessors different from us that miracles occurred for them but not for us? Is it a question of learning ? In the time of Rab Judah, their whole study was limited to the Order "...


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See Ramban Shemot 13, 16: ובעבור כי הקב''ה לא יעשה אות ומופת בכל דור לעיני כל רשע או כופר, יצוה אותנו שנעשה תמיד זכרון ואות לאשר ראו עינינו, ונעתיק הדבר אל בנינו, ובניהם לבניהם, ובניהם לדור אחרון. ‏ A free translation: there is no need to make miracle at each generation for each miscreant and heretic. It is sufficient to remember the miracles ...


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As an example, there actually is a "scientific" explanation for the splitting of the Yam Suf. The point is that a wind could have blown and uncovered a ridge of land across the sea. Hashem took this and changed it to be sufficient for the entire Bnei Yisrael as well as adding the miracles specified by the midrashim. It also kept the Egyptians away until they ...


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Your hypothesis is wrong. a great miracle happened on Purim, too. Why don't we publicize this miracle? We do, by reading the m'gila. See e.g. http://yodeya.com/a/64482 and http://yodeya.com/q/33371. there's no mitzvah on Pesach to "publicize" it. There is: we drink four cups of wine at the seder. See e.g. http://etzion.org.il/vbm/english/pesach/...


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The nuts-and-bolts sources of Jewish law sound like the Third Temple will be built by humans using entirely natural means, when it becomes clear that it is the right time to do so. And the prevalent opinion in the Talmud (which is also codified by Maimonides) is that the Messianic era will have the physical world working exactly the way it does now. There ...


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Perhaps the same way 600,000 could fit between the poles, an extra 2,000 amoth on all sides could fit in as well.


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Rav Hirsch groups the plagues as shown in the Hagadah as three groups. He groups them in three rows each with three columns and explains both the rows and the columns and explains in וארא 7:15 ...דצך remedy Egyptians from the erroneous ideas of גרות עבדות ועינוי by the revelation of Hashem's Power and Almightiness on water and land אדש by the ...


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As Avrohom Yitzchok's answer notes, It is usually a masculine noun in the Bible: "nays", meaning banner or sign. Ernest Klein's Etymologial Dictionary gives both meanings: נֵס[nays] standard, ensign, flag, signal, sign נֵס[nays] miracle, providential event, wonder (prob. sense enlargement of נֵס‏ 1) Your feminine form for miracle נֵסָח"nay-sa" (...


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I have read that one of the reasons for "natural" means is to allow people to refuse to believe that hashem caused the nes. That is, if a miracle occured, then it would prevent bechiras chofshis (free will). In order to allow for free will, hashem has the miracle appear to use "natural law" but occur at precisely the time needed and in precisely the way it ...


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Interesting question. I have no source, but a possibility may be that the other miracles you mentioned (besides the correct response that we have a different way of expressing it by reading the Megillah) is as follows: With the neis of Purim, the entire kingdom was aware of the impending crisis and the "turnaround," so the neis of Purim was well known (...


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The menorah was relit each evening and lasted until the morning. The westernmost cup remained lit all day as one of the miracles of the first temple. Note that Aharon (in Bha'aloscha) is commanded to relight it each evening. Tamid can also mean regularly or consistently as we also see with the korbon tamid. The miracle of the chanukah lights was that there ...


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Rabbeinu Bechayei on Pirkei Avot 5:8 expands on the Mishnah citation that among the 10 things created during twilight prior to the start of Shabbat, is the mouth of the donkey that spoke to Bil'am. He states that all 10 things in the list were created for the honor of Israel. The main idea to be learned is that the donkey doesn't speak on its own, but ...


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This is my own reasoning; I don't have a source. Israel of course experienced other miracles before the yam suf, but until then they were still under Paro's control. They were not completely free to serve God and, ultimately, enter the covenant at Sinai. They could certainly have praised God for the earlier miracles (and maybe they did for all we know), ...



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