"When one observes a place where
miracles have been performed on behalf of Israel, one should
say: 'Blessed [is God] for having performed miracles in this
place.'" (Exodus Rabbah. 24:1)
2000 / Kislev 5761
36 of JHOM closes its third year of publication, and given that it
is Hanukkah as well, MIRACLES
seems a most appropriate Topic of the Month. What are miracles? In
the Jewish context, we tend to think first of those extraordinary
occurrences described in the Bible which God performs in times of
great crisis, events that challenge the rational thinker's perception
of the immutable natural order. This edition looks at the attitudes
of the rabbis of the Talmud and of later philosophers who confront
also in this edition a new personality, Spanish military general,
poet and courtier Samuel
ha-Nagid, as well as our expanded Kislev
section, with its many interesting angles on the Hanukkah festival.
this Festival of Lights, we wish you and your loved ones everyday
miracles, and miracles every day.
Z. Leder, The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things (New
York: Behrman House, Inc. 1999), p. 58.