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Rav Hirsch writes on Noach 9:12 It is by no means necessary to assume that hitherto there had been no rainbow and to place it in connection with the atmospheric changes which occurred after the Flood. Just as Hashem showed Avraham the starry heavens and said, כה יהיה זרעך, as He showed Moshe and Aharon the new moon, and with the words החדש הזה ...


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The source of this Halacha is the Mishna (Brachot 9:2) that does not differentiate between comets, earthquakes, lightning, thunder and winds. It's obvious that you only saw the comets and lightning and heard the thunder. You can't touch them. It also doesn't say you have to climb the mountains, swim in the ocean or enter the desert. there too it just says ...


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For a situation to be forbidden according to Halacha, there must be a significant danger. A situation where there is only a very small likelihood of danger is not forbidden under Jewish law. Instead, one should trust Hashem who watches over us as the Pasuk in Tehillim says, "Shomer Pesayim Hashem" - Hashem guards those who act simply. (Mesillas Yesharim, ...


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Doesn't this require that God intervene in nature in a very obvious way on a regular basis? The answer to this question is yes Originally, miracles occurred on a regular basis. We see this from the list of miracles that existed during the first temple. Additionally, the prophets were active and were able to perform miracles. We also see that the Bnai ...


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Ramban (Chapter 9, Verse 12) argues that the rainbow existed before the Mabul. However, only after the Mabul did Hashem select it to serve as a sign of His covenant to not cause another Mabul. The rainbow is a reversed bow. One who wishes to indicate peaceful intentions reverses his weapon away from the person he is greeting and points the weapon towards ...


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The danger from an earthquake is balanced, as LN6595 cites from Fred, by other dangers. Let me quantify that: The life expectancy in California is 80.8 years; in New York State (for example), it's 80.5 years. (Source.) Thus, despite the earthquakes, despite the freeways, despite Death Valley and Bay to Breakers and all the other dangers out there, you still ...


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Rav Ovadia Bartenura addresses your question regarding lighting (Brachos 9:2) s.v. ברוך שכוחו מלא עולם. Quoting Brachos 59a, he points to Tehilim 135:7 "He made lightning for the rain." Regarding Bereishis saying it hadn't rained yet, those events (including the subsequent rain) still happened on the sixth day (according to Rashi for sure). Regarding the ...


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The sources that are being discussed do not actually mention feeling (or seeing, for that matter) the wind. They just says "on the wind..." I saw a sefer called עין ישראל cited in a likkut sefer (I don't recognize the sefer, though) in which he explains that the point of these blessings are because one is awed by these experiences. Therefore, the measure ...



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