Do You Believe in Miracles? Join The Miracles Panel, Dec. 10: Weekly SparkNov 30th, 2012 | By Henry
The Hebrew word for spiritual test is nisayon. Commentators wonder why its root contains the Hebrew word “nes,” or miracle. Typically a test is something that stretches a person to his limits, yet is within his ability to pass. A miracle suggests something supernatural, beyond a human’s reach. If passing a test involves a miracle, how is that a fair test?
The holy books resolve the contradiction. In truth, a test is beyond a person’s limitations. But the essence of the test is to question those limitations: is my vision of reality all there is, or is there a Divine vision even more compelling than my own?
The Maccabbees had no worldy evidence to suggest they could stop the mighty Greek empire from crushing Judaism 2300 years ago. But they were more attuned to a higher vision: G-d doesn’t want Greek human worship to triumph over Jewish values. It’s not our job to know precisely how. Our job is strategize as best we can and undertake without end knowing that G-d will bless our efforts in unmistakeable ways. Our test is to be loyal midwives to Divine intervention.
Have you or a loved one ever been really challenged before? Out of work for many many months? Facing an illness beyond your control? Uncertain as to how to bring a positive resolution to a persistent dilemma? We need to know that miracles are real. We need to know that we won’t be able to live our lives without accepting our respoonsibility to be a catalyst for the miraculous.
Please join us the third night of Chanukah, Monday, Dec. 10 for The Miracles Panel: First-Hand Accounts on Believing, Seeing & Jumpstarting the Miraculous – http://www.aishcenter.com/