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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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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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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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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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