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What is the source for this Ibn Ezra on miracles

A rabbi wrote on Facebook that according to the Ibn Ezra the belief in miracles derogates from the perfection of God. The rabbi explains: Accordingly, we do not rely on supernatural miracles to ...
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What does Ramban refer to with the term "hidden miracles"?

Ramban posits (many times, see links below) that there are open miracles that don't conform with the laws of nature which are used to establish eternal truths vs hidden miracles which do work within ...
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How righteous is Bathya - The daughter of Pharaoh?

The daughter of Pharaoh did not follow her father’s wicked ways, but rather converted and ceased worshiping idols. She was highly praised by the Rabbis, and the midrash includes her among the devout ...
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Can/should one undo a miracle?

Partially based on this question and answer If a person experiences a miracle related to a mitzvah, for example a Chanukah candle is lit with only enough oil to last one hour and it miraculously ...
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War after the miracle of oil?

One popular explanation for the name Chanukah is that on 25th of Kislev (כ"ה) they had a respite of their enemies (חנו מאויביהם). (Actually I am not so sure about the first source of this either. ...
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What would distance measurements in the Holy of Holies have been

The Gemara (Yoma 21a) says: But didn’t Rabbi Levi say that this matter is a tradition that we received from our ancestors: The place of the Ark of the Covenant is not included in the measurement of ...
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Prayer for miracles on Chanuka/Purim

The Rema Orach Chaim Siman 682 writes, הגה י"א כששכח על הנסים בברכת המזון כשמגיע להרחמן יאמר הרחמן יעשה לנו נסים ונפלאות כשם שעשית לאבותינו בימים ההם בזמן הזה בימי מתתיהו כו' [כל בו] Gloss: There ...
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How could there be avodah zara in the era of revealed miracles? [duplicate]

Before the Babylonian exile, there was an era of publicly revealed open miracles such as the ones that occurred daily in the Temple, as well as widespread prophecy. How then can we explain the ...
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Are there sources for G-d granting non-Jews miracles?

A friend of mine told me that he once saw in Meam Loez (he thought Yisro) a story about how a group of people on an island had a custom where they walked up a person to a volcano and he jumped in. He ...
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What way(s) does Hashem pay you back for money spent on Shabbat/Torah etc

There is a point of halacha that any money spent on Shabbat, Yom tov, or Torah learning is "on Hashem", and one should have complete trust that Hashem will pay it back as He guarantees it. I ...
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Where in the history and/or rabbinical works does it say that the people of the Maccabean period fought off lions or were sawn in half or delimbed?

I heard a visiting rabbi talked about Hanukkah and mentioned that the people of the Maccabean period fought off lions and/or were sawn in half or delimbed, but he did not give any exact sourcess, ...
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Should one avoid deriving benefit from miracles?

In Taanit 24b it states אֲמַר רַב מָרִי בְּרַהּ דְּבַת שְׁמוּאֵל: אֲנָא הֲוָה קָאֵימְנָא אַגּוּדָּא דִּנְהַר פָּפָּא, חֲזַאי לְמַלְאֲכֵי דְּאִידְּמוֹ לְמַלָּחֵי דְּקָא מַיְיתִי חָלָא וּמְלוֹנְהוּ ...
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Why did the 4 miracles of the Temple stop 40 years before the destruction of the Temple?

According to the Sefaria translation of Yoma 39b: The Sages taught: During the tenure of Shimon HaTzaddik, the lot for God always arose in the High Priest’s right hand; after his death, it occurred ...
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At what time did Nachshon enter the Sea?

The scene of Kriat Yam Suf seems to extend at least over a couple days with the pursuit of the Egyptians beginning the day before and the "East Wind" blowing all of the succeeding night and ...
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Translation help

Can someone please translate this word for word? Its Bnei Yisaschar mamrei elul. This is the sefaria link: https://www.sefaria.org/Bnei_Yissaschar%2C_Elul.1.17.1?ven=Sefaria_Community_Translation&...
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Nes Niglah vs Nes Nister

Where is the Netziv source explaining that Yetziyat Mitzrayim was a nes niglah? And what source describes purim as a nes nister? (Is there any source that talks about Moshe missing from the haggadah ...
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Why did all the waters in the world split during kriyat yam suf?

Rashi on Exodus 14:21 says this: AND THE WATERS WERE DIVIDED — all the waters in the world (Mekhilta d'Rabbi Yishmael 14:2:2). Source. Why did this happen? Are there reasons given?
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How do Jews discern genuine spiritual experiences from hallucinations?

When believers appeal to their private spiritual experiences to argue for their faith, skeptics typically respond by dismissing their stories entirely, conjecturing that these are more likely cases of ...
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Miracles in Pagan Rituals

שלום! It writes in ויקרא כה:כג: "והארץ לא תמכר לצמתת כי־לי הארץ כי־גרים ותושבים אתם עמדי׃ עמדי׃" But the land must not be sold beyond reclaim, for the land is Mine; you are but strangers ...
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Is there any mention of the sky crying before the Quran? [closed]

I've stumbled upon a miracle claim made by Muslims. The Quran says about Pharaoh and his people that were drowned: Neither heaven nor earth wept over them, nor was their fate delayed. (44:29) And ...
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Was the "three days and three nights" in the prophetic book of Jonah a complete span of 72 hours?

Was the "three days and three nights" in the prophetic book of Jonah a complete span of 72 hours? Is this "three days and three nights" to be taken literally or close to it or ...
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Why wait to get water in the Z'chut of Miriam?

After they left Egypt the Children of Israel crossed the Reed Sea and needed water. They got to Marah after 3 days (at which there were bitter waters) and complained as mentioned in Sh'mot 15:23. ...
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Is there a Jewish equivalent of "Pray as if everything depended on God; act as if everything depended on you."?

A popular phrase, frequently and wrongly attributed to the Talmud, is "Pray as if everything depended on God; act as if everything depended on you." I am trying to find out if there is ...
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Does anyone know of the following quote from Rabbi Yerucham Levovitz?

I am looking for the source on the quote from Rabbi Yerucham Levovitz: "“If a person would know what happens to the food from the moment they put it into their mouth to the moment it leaves their body,...
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Rabbis giving advice which contradicts expert medical opinion

I have read many stories of great Rabbis, historically and in today's times, who have given people medical advice which was in direct contradiction to the advice given by expert medical professionals. ...
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Supernatural occurrences in Tanakh not condoned by G-d

What examples do we have in Tanakh of non-righteous individuals being able to "tap into" the supernatural realm? By "tap into", I am referring to any indication that even non-righteous individuals ...
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Did sorcerers have genuine power or were people simply gullible [duplicate]

Did sorcerers have genuine power or were people simply gullible. Perhaps they discovered things like electricity or magnetism that people of that time would think were magical. However I'm thinking of ...
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Military victory of the Hashmonaim a miracle?

The Al Hanissim and Bimeh Matityah prayer included in the amidah expresses the military victory of the Hasmoneans as a miracle. In Masechet Avodah Zara daf 2b, Hashem convene some nations in the end ...
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How could Yehoshua hold up the sky without the consequences in the natural order? [duplicate]

I heard one explanation of this passage in Sefer Yehoshua, that the "stopping" of the sun had to do with the ceasing of its light. Yehoshua arrives at Giv'on at night, and thus Yehoshua prays for the ...
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Source for the miracle in the merit of oil

The haftarah for parshas Vayeira opens with the story in Melachim II chapter 4 of the widow of the prophet Ovadyah (as Rashi brings on 4:1) and the miracle Elisha performs for her. There is a famous ...
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Why did animals need to eat/be fed for a year in the Ark?

Why did animals need to eat/be fed for a year in the Ark? "Oh, because they need to eat", you'd say, but really the Mabul was one big miracle, overriding all laws of nature - physics, geology, ...
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Did Miriam's well waters cause a need to use bathroom?

IIRC, the Manna was miraculously and wastelessly absorbed by the body. Did the water they drank from Miriam's miraculous well also possess miraculous properties and was wasteless or it was regular ...
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Do we still see the miracle of manna today?

Are there any source which points that the miracle concerning manna happens daily or regularly? That is to say, did G-d use natural law to allow manna to fall rather than to change natural law which ...
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Source for manna being natural [duplicate]

What interpretations (sources) claim the falling of manna were not meant to be taken literally in the Exodus? It was a natural event but exaggerated like the split of the Sea of Reeds. This does not ...
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What is the source for not saying Hallel because it is a "hidden miracle"?

I heard recently from a Rav that one reason brought not to say hallel on Yom Ha’atzma’ut is that even though (the reason-giver believes) there was a miracle on Yom Ha’atzma’ut, we don’t say hallel ...
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Parameters of neis nigleh and neis nistar?

What are the Halachic parameters and definition of a neis nistar versus a neis nigleh? For example: I heard recently from a Rav that one reason brought not to say hallel on Yom Ha’atzma’ut is that ...
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Why was Korach specifically punished via being swallowed by the ground?

(slightly similar to:Why did Korach have to be buried alive?) In this week's Parsha, Korach and his assembly challenge Moshe's authority and are punished by being swallowed alive by the ground (...
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Miracles warranting public Torah reading or omission of Tachanun

Miracles happened and will happen to Israel. For example, on Purim and Chanukkah the Tachanun is omitted and/or Hallel is recited and/or the Torah is publicly read. Today, on Jerusalem Day or recently ...
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Did each Kohen Gadol wear his predecessor's garments?

Did the Kohen Gadol wear the same garments his predecessor wore, going back to Aharon HaKohen, or did he have new garments specially tailored to fit him? In other words, were the garments each Kohen ...
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What neis hapenned to Baal Shem Tov on Achron shel Pesach?

I have heard a special miracle is commemorated at Seudas HaBesh"t (third meal) on the last day of Pesach. What hapenned to Baal Shem Tov on Achron shel Pesach?
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What miracle(s) occurred on Purim?

This is a simple and a bit naive question. I understand that a miracle everywhere is a super natural force unexplainable by current state of science. The Purim story looks all natural, nothing truly ...
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Did the Holy Ark's "self-suspension" miracle ever stopped working?

Allegedly, the holy ark sustained itself miraculously: "ויבואו עד גורן נכון וישלח עוזה אל ארון האלהים ויאחז בו כי שמוטו הבקר". אמר הקב"ה ארון נושא את נושאיו עצמו לא כל שכן?!" (ילקוט שמעוני ...
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Clarification on the Mann scattering pattern [duplicate]

Following the question on the Mann miracles I would like to understand one specific miracle: how exactly did Mann fall closer to the righteous for them than for the wicked: Did it have name tags ...
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A list of all the miracles associated with the Man (Manna)

The Ibn Ezra on Sh'mot 16:35 writes נסים רבים היו במן I know of some of the many miracles associated with the mon but is there a complete list anywhere with citations and sources? So far here ...
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Why did Moshe have the voice of a grown up boy?

Shemos 2:6 states: וַתִּפְתַּח֙ וַתִּרְאֵ֣הוּ אֶת־הַיֶּ֔לֶד וְהִנֵּה־נַ֖עַר בֹּכֶ֑ה וַתַּחְמֹ֣ל עָלָ֔יו וַתֹּ֕אמֶר מִיַּלְדֵ֥י הָֽעִבְרִ֖ים זֶֽה׃ When she opened it, she saw that it was a ...
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What is the qualitative difference between the revelation at Sinai and other miracles according to Rambam?

In Hilchot Yesodei HaTorah (8:1), Rambam writes: משה רבינו לא האמינו בו ישראל מפני האותות שעשה שהמאמין על פי האותות יש בלבו דופי שאפשר שיעשה האות בלט וכשוף אלא כל האותות שעשה משה במדבר לפי הצורך ...
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Which is the "miracle of Channukah"?

I have seen questions and discussions which argue whether the miracle of Channukah was the military victory (rabim b'yad me'atim) or the finding/lasting of the pure oil. However, it seems that neither ...
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What is the significance behind God splitting the seas?

I heard from one of my rebbeim that the inifinite God has an infinite amount of ways of performing any given task. With that in mind, it is interesting to note that twice in the Tanach, God splits the ...
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No issue of techum during kriyas yam suf

The Torah says that the sea formed a wall to the left and right of the Jews. The Midrash clarifies that it became a solid wall. The Chasam Sofer (to be precise, his grandson), to resolve a different ...
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How does Judaism relate to miracle claims by other religions?

Other religions claim that (their) God or other individuals have performed miracles either on behalf of a person(s) or entire nations. Growing up I was taught that the Jewish people are God's special,...
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