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Our version of the Ibn Ezra actually does not have him quoting anyone, but rather saying that idea in the name of many. The Rav Kook edition of the Ibn Ezra has second section with a variant text which does find him quoting this in the name of The Nagid. The footnote there says this is indeed a reference to Rabi Shmuel Hanagid, and sends us to the ...
He is quoting Rabbi Shmuel Hanagid. Rabbi Shmuel HaNagid, also called just HaNagid, was a major religious and political figure in Spain just after the year 1000 CE.
Divre Chachamom Benachat Nishmaym. Without shouting. Kohelet 9, 17 דִּבְרֵ֣י חֲכָמִ֔ים בְּנַ֖חַת נִשְׁמָעִ֑ים מִזַּעֲקַ֥ת מוֹשֵׁ֖ל בַּכְּסִילִֽים: Rashi רש"י בנחת נשמעים. מקובלים הם לבריות People pleased to accept. Metsudot אף כי ידבר בנחת מבלי זעקה, המה נשמעים ומקובלים. בנחת. רוצה לומר בשפלות קול in a low voice, after all, ...
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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