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1 Tevet 5782//December 5, 2021

The Last of the Miracles:  

Did God Retire After Hanukkah?

Marc D. Ashley

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  1. מִצְוַת נֵר חֲנֻכָּה מִצְוָה חֲבִיבָה הִיא עַד מְאֹד וְצָרִיךְ אָדָם לְהִזָּהֵר בָּהּ כְּדֵי לְהוֹדִיעַ הַנֵּס וּלְהוֹסִיף בְּשֶׁבַח הָאֵל וְהוֹדָיָה לוֹ עַל הַנִּסִּים שֶׁעָשָׂה לָנוּ. אֲפִלּוּ אֵין לוֹ מַה יֹּאכַל אֶלָּא מִן הַצְּדָקָה שׁוֹאֵל אוֹ מוֹכֵר כְּסוּתוֹ וְלוֹקֵחַ שֶׁמֶן וְנֵרוֹת וּמַדְלִיק:

     

    The commandment of lighting the Hanukkah menorah is exceedingly precious, and one should carefully observe it in order to acclaim the miracle, ever praising and thanking God for the miracles that God has performed for us. Even if one has nothing to eat except what he gets from charity, he should borrow or sell his garment, in order to buy oil and lamps and light them.

  2. בית יוסף, אורח חיים תע״ר:א׳

    ואיכא למידק למה קבעו ח' ימים דכיון דשמן שבפך היה בו כדי להדליק לילה א' נמצא שלא נעשה הנס אלא בז' הלילות וי"ל שחילקו שמן שבפך לח' חלקי' ובכל לילה היו נותני' במנורה חלק א' והיה דולק עד הבקר ונמצא שבכל הלילות נעשה נס ועוד י"ל שלאחר שנתנו שמן בנרות המנורה כשיעור נשאר הפך מלא כבתחלה וניכר הנס אף בליל הא' א"נ שבליל ראשון נתנו כל השמן בנרות ודלקו כל הלילה ובבקר מצאו הנרות מלאים שמן וכן בכל לילה ולילה:

     

     

    One could ask why they established an eight day celebration at all. After all, since there was enough oil in the sealed jar to light for one night then the miracle actually was for seven nights. One could answer that they divided the oil they found into eight parts and placed one portion in the menorah each night, which nonetheless burned until morning. Thus a miracle occurred every night. Further you could say that after they filled the menorah on the first night the jar remained full of oil as it was in the beginning, and thus the miracle was recognizable even on the first night. Alternatively, they poured all the oil into the menorah on the first night and though the candles burned all night they found them still full of oil in the morning, and so it happened each night.

  3. (לא) וַיַּ֨רְא יִשְׂרָאֵ֜ל אֶת־הַיָּ֣ד הַגְּדֹלָ֗ה אֲשֶׁ֨ר עָשָׂ֤ה יְהֹוָה֙ בְּמִצְרַ֔יִם וַיִּֽירְא֥וּ הָעָ֖ם אֶת־יְהֹוָ֑ה וַיַּֽאֲמִ֙ינוּ֙ בַּֽיהֹוָ֔ה וּבְמֹשֶׁ֖ה עַבְדּֽוֹ׃

    (31) And when Israel saw the wondrous power that the Lord had wielded against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord; they had faith in the Lord and His servant Moses.

  4. Yehudah Halevi, Sefer Ha-Kuzari , "The Origin of Our Religion" (1140)

     

    Later on, when they came to the sterile desert, God sent them food, which, except on the Sabbath, was produced daily for them, and they ate it for 40 years.  This is irrefutable, i.e., a thing which occurred to 600,000 people for 40 years.  Six days in the week the manna came down, but on the Sabbath it stopped.  This makes the observance of the Sabbath obligatory, as divine power is connected with it.

  5. Ammiel Hirsch and Yosef Reinman, One People, Two Worlds, at 124-25 (2002)

     

    Wouldn't it have been convincing if Jesus had skimmed over every rooftop in Israel and Europe and blessed the people after he supposedly rose from the dead?  But of course, no one would dare make such a claim.  Instead, only a few people were privileged to see the empty tomb and tell the rest of the world about it.  A low-risk story.  Take it or leave it.  Judaism, however, dares to claim revelation, and not just any revelation but forty consecutive years of spectacular miracles.  This cannot be a lie.  No one would have accepted it.

  6. (ב) כִּֽי־יָק֤וּם בְּקִרְבְּךָ֙ נָבִ֔יא א֖וֹ חֹלֵ֣ם חֲל֑וֹם וְנָתַ֥ן אֵלֶ֛יךָ א֖וֹת א֥וֹ מוֹפֵֽת׃ (ג) וּבָ֤א הָאוֹת֙ וְהַמּוֹפֵ֔ת אֲשֶׁר־דִּבֶּ֥ר אֵלֶ֖יךָ לֵאמֹ֑ר נֵֽלְכָ֞ה אַחֲרֵ֨י אֱלֹהִ֧ים אֲחֵרִ֛ים אֲשֶׁ֥ר לֹֽא־יְדַעְתָּ֖ם וְנׇֽעׇבְדֵֽם׃ (ד) לֹ֣א תִשְׁמַ֗ע אֶל־דִּבְרֵי֙ הַנָּבִ֣יא הַה֔וּא א֛וֹ אֶל־חוֹלֵ֥ם הַחֲל֖וֹם הַה֑וּא כִּ֣י מְנַסֶּ֞ה יְהֹוָ֤ה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶם֙ אֶתְכֶ֔ם לָדַ֗עַת הֲיִשְׁכֶ֤ם אֹֽהֲבִים֙ אֶת־יְהֹוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶ֔ם בְּכׇל־לְבַבְכֶ֖ם וּבְכׇל־נַפְשְׁכֶֽם׃

    (2) If there appears among you a prophet or a dream-diviner and he gives you a sign or a portent, (3) saying, “Let us follow and worship another god”—whom you have not experienced—even if the sign or portent that he named to you comes true, (4) do not heed the words of that prophet or that dream-diviner. For the Lord your God is testing you to see whether you really love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.

  7. Benedict de Spinoza, Theologico-Political Treatise (1670)


    The Israelites from all their miracles were unable to form a sound conception of God,

    as their experience testified: for when they had persuaded themselves that Moses had departed from among them, they petitioned Aaron to give them visible gods; and the idea of God they had formed as the result of all their miracles was — a calf!

  8. David Hume, Of Miracles, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748)

     

    In matters of religion, whatever is different is contrary. . . . Every miracle pretended to have been wrought in any of these religions (and all of them abound in miracles), as its direct scope is to establish the particular system to which it is attributed; so has it the same force, though more indirectly, to overthrow every other system.  In destroying a rival system, it likewise destroys the credit of those miracles, on which that system was established; so that all the prodigies of different religions are to be regarded as contrary facts, and the evidences of these prodigies, whether weak or strong, as opposite to each other.

  9. בְּכָל־דּוֹר וָדוֹר חַיָּב אָדָם לִרְאוֹת אֶת־עַצְמוֹ כְּאִלּוּ הוּא יָצָא מִמִּצְרַיִם, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: וְהִגַּדְתָּ לְבִנְךָ בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא לֵאמֹר, בַּעֲבוּר זֶה עָשָׂה ה' לִי בְּצֵאתִי מִמִּצְרַיִם.

    In each and every generation, a person is obligated to see himself as if he left Egypt, as it is stated (Exodus 13:8):

    "And you shall explain to your son on that day: For the sake of this, did the Lord do [this] for me in my going out of Egypt."

  10. ת"ר משמתו נביאים האחרונים חגי זכריה ומלאכי נסתלקה רוח הקודש מישראל ואף על פי כן היו משתמשין בבת קול.

     

    The Sages taught: After the last of the prophets -- Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi -- died, the Divine Spirit of prophetic revelation departed from the Jewish people. But nevertheless, they were still utilizing a Divine Voice, which they heard as a kind of echo of prophecy.

  11. אֲמַר לֵיהּ רַב פָּפָּא לְאַבָּיֵי: מַאי שְׁנָא רִאשׁוֹנִים דְּאִתְרְחִישׁ לְהוּ נִיסָּא, וּמַאי שְׁנָא אֲנַן דְּלָא מִתְרְחִישׁ לַן נִיסָּא? אִי מִשּׁוּם תַּנּוֹיֵי, בִּשְׁנֵי דְרַב יְהוּדָה כּוּלֵּי

    תַּנּוֹיֵי בִּנְזִיקִין הֲוָה, וַאֲנַן קָא מַתְנִינַן שִׁיתָּא סִדְרֵי. . . . אֲמַר לֵיהּ: קַמָּאֵי הֲווֹ קָא מָסְרִי נַפְשַׁיְיהוּ אַקְּדוּשַּׁת הַשֵּׁם, אֲנַן לָא מָסְרִינַן נָפְשִׁין אַקְּדוּשַּׁת הַשֵּׁם.

     

     

    Rav Pappa said to Abaye: What is different about the earlier generations, for whom miracles occurred and what is different about us, for whom miracles do not occur? If it is because of Torah study; in the years of Rav Yehuda all of their learning was confined to the order of Nezikin, while we learn all six orders! . . .

    Abaye said to Rav Pappa: The previous generations were wholly dedicated to the sanctification of God’s name, while we are not as dedicated to the sanctification of God’s name.

  12. אָמַר רַבִּי אַסִּי: לָמָּה נִמְשְׁלָה אֶסְתֵּר לְשַׁחַר — לוֹמַר לָךְ: מָה שַׁחַר סוֹף כׇּל הַלַּיְלָה, אַף אֶסְתֵּר סוֹף כׇּל הַנִּסִּים. וְהָא אִיכָּא חֲנוּכָּה! נִיתְּנָה לִכְתּוֹב קָא אָמְרִינַן.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Rabbi Asi said: Why was Esther likened to the dawn? It is to tell you: Just as the dawn is the conclusion of the entire night, so too, Esther was the conclusion of all miracles performed for the entire Jewish people. The Gemara asks: But isn’t there the miracle of Hanukkah, which was performed many years later? The Gemara answers: It is true that additional miracles were performed after the miracle of Purim; however, it is with regard to miracles for which permission was granted to write them in the Bible that we are saying that the miracle of Purim was the last one.

  13. אסתר מן התורה מנין?

     

     

     

     

     

     

    "ואנכי הסתר אסתיר" (דברים לא:יח).

     

     

     

    From where in the Torah can one find an allusion to the events involving Esther?

    He replied to them that the verse states: “Then My anger shall be kindled against them on that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide My face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall come upon them; so that they will say in that day: Have not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us? And I will hide [haster astir] My face on that day for all the evil which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned to other gods”

    (Deuteronomy 31:17–18).

  14. "וַיִּתְיַצְּבוּ בְּתַחְתִּית הָהָר״, אָמַר רַב אַבְדִּימִי בַּר חָמָא בַּר חַסָּא: מְלַמֵּד שֶׁכָּפָה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא עֲלֵיהֶם אֶת הָהָר כְּגִיגִית, וְאָמַר לָהֶם: אִם אַתֶּם מְקַבְּלִים הַתּוֹרָה מוּטָב, וְאִם לָאו —

    שָׁם תְּהֵא קְבוּרַתְכֶם. אָמַר רַב אַחָא בַּר יַעֲקֹב: מִכָּאן מוֹדָעָא רַבָּה לְאוֹרָיְיתָא. אָמַר רָבָא: אַף עַל פִּי כֵן הֲדוּר קַבְּלוּהָ בִּימֵי אֲחַשְׁוֵרוֹשׁ, דִּכְתִיב: ״קִיְּמוּ וְקִבְּלוּ הַיְּהוּדִים״ — קִיְּימוּ מַה שֶּׁקִּיבְּלוּ כְּבָר.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Torah says, “And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet God; and they stood at the lowermost part of the mount” (Exodus 19:17). Rabbi Avdimi bar Ḥama bar Ḥasa said: the Jewish people actually stood beneath the mountain, and the verse teaches that the Holy One, Blessed be He, overturned the mountain above the Jews like a tub, and said to them: If you accept the Torah, excellent, and if not, there will be your burial. Rav Aḥa bar Ya’akov said: From here there is a substantial caveat to the obligation to fulfill the Torah. The Jewish people can claim that they were coerced into accepting the Torah, and it is therefore not binding. Rava said: Even so, they again accepted it willingly in the time of Ahasuerus, as it is written: “The Jews [re]affirmed, and took upon themselves, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them” (Esther 9:27), and he taught: The Jews [re]affirmed what they had already taken upon themselves via coercion at Sinai.

  15. (ו) עֲשָׂרָה דְבָרִים נִבְרְאוּ בְּעֶרֶב שַׁבָּת בֵּין הַשְּׁמָשׁוֹת, וְאֵלּוּ הֵן, פִּי הָאָרֶץ, וּפִי הַבְּאֵר, וּפִי הָאָתוֹן, וְהַקֶּשֶׁת, וְהַמָּן, וְהַמַּטֶּה, וְהַשָּׁמִיר, וְהַכְּתָב, וְהַמִּכְתָּב, וְהַלּוּחוֹת. וְיֵשׁ אוֹמְרִים, אַף הַמַּזִּיקִין, וּקְבוּרָתוֹ שֶׁל משֶׁה, וְאֵילוֹ שֶׁל אַבְרָהָם אָבִינוּ. וְיֵשׁ אוֹמְרִים, אַף צְבָת בִּצְבָת עֲשׂוּיָה:






    Ten things were created on the eve of the [first] Sabbath at twilight, and these are they: [1] the mouth of the earth [that swallowed Korach and his band], [2] the mouth of the well [that followed Miram], [3] the mouth of the donkey [that spoke to Bilaam], [4] the rainbow [in the time of Noah], [5] the manna, [6] the staff [of Moses], [7] the shamir [a tool used in the building of King Solomon's Temple], [8] the letters, [9] the writing, [10] and the tablets [all of the Ten Commandments]. And some say: also the demons, the grave of Moses, and the ram of our father Abraham [that he slaughtered instead of Isaac]. And some say: and also tongs, made with tongs.

  16. (י) ומפני זה הוצרכו החכמים לומר שכל המופתים היוצאים חוץ לטבע אשר היו ואשר עתידים להיות ממה שיעד בהם כלם קדם הרצון בהם בששת ימי בראשית והושם בטבע הדברים אז שיתחדש בהם מה שיתחדש, וכאשר יתחדש בעת שצריך נחשוב בו שעתה הנתחדש, ואין הענין כן.


    (10) This occasioned the sages to say that all miracles which deviate from the natural course of events, whether they have already occurred, or, according to promise, are to take place in the future, were fore-ordained by the Divine Will during the six days of creation, nature being then so constituted that those miracles which were to happen really did afterwards take place. Then, when such an occurrence happened at its proper time, it may have been regarded as an absolute innovation, whereas in reality it was not.

  17. אָמַר רַבִּי אֲלֶכְּסַנְדְּרִי אָמַר רַבִּי חִיָּיא בַּר אַבָּא גָּדוֹל נֵס שֶׁנַּעֲשֶׂה לַחוֹלֶה יוֹתֵר מִן הַנֵּס שֶׁנַּעֲשָׂה לַחֲנַנְיָה מִישָׁאֵל וַעֲזַרְיָה שֶׁל חֲנַנְיָה מִישָׁאֵל וַעֲזַרְיָה אֵשׁ שֶׁל הֶדְיוֹט וְהַכֹּל יְכוֹלִים לְכַבּוֹתָהּ וְזוֹ שֶׁל חוֹלֶה שֶׁל שָׁמַיִם הִיא וּמִי יָכוֹל לְכַבּוֹתָהּ?

     

     

     

     

    Rabbi Alexandri said that Rabbi Ḥiyya bar Abba said: Greater is the miracle performed for the sick person than the miracle that was performed for Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, who were rescued from the fiery furnace (see Daniel, chapter 3), as in the miracle of Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah they were rescued from the fire of a layman, and anyone is capable of extinguishing it. And that fire afflicting a sick person with a fever is the fire of Heaven, and who can extinguish it?

  18. הרבה נסים ונפלאות אתה עשית עמנו ואתה עושה גם כן בכל יום ויום ואין אדם יודע. ומי יודע אתה ה'. אמר רבי אלעזר בן פדת ראה מה כתיב (שם קלו ד) לעושה נפלאות גדולות לבדו. מה כתיב לגוזר ים סוף לגזרים נותן לחם לכל בשר. הפרנסה הזו שקולה כנגד הים שנקרע ללמדך מה הפרנסה הזו אי אפשר לעולם בלא היא. כך אי אפשר לעולם בלא ניסין ובלא פלאין. כיצד אדם נתון על גבי המטה והנחש בארץ לפניו ובא לעמוד והרגיש בו הנחש כיון שבא ליתן רגלו עליו ברח הנחש מפניו. ואינו יודע מה פלאי עשה הקב"ה עמו.



    You perform many miracles and wonders for us every day and no man knows. 

    Then who does know?  -- You, O Lord.  Rabbi Eleazar ben Pedat said:  "See what is written: 'To Him who does great wonders alone' -- He alone knows.  And what is written thereafter? 'To Him who divided the Sea of Reeds asunder' -- the piece of bread [i.e., livelihood (a play on words)] is equal in importance to the sea, which was divided asunder.  Just as the world cannot do without the piece of bread, so it is not possible for the world to do without miracles and wonders. 

    How are we to envisage this?  A man is lying on a bed, and a serpent is on the ground before him.  When he seeks to rise, the serpent becomes aware of him.  When he is about to put his feet on it, the serpent flees from him.  And the man does not know what wonders the Holy One, blessed be He, performs for him.

  19. מַאי חֲנוּכָּה? דְּתָנוּ רַבָּנַן: בְּכ״ה בְּכִסְלֵיו יוֹמֵי דַחֲנוּכָּה תְּמָנְיָא אִינּוּן דְּלָא לְמִסְפַּד בְּהוֹן וּדְלָא לְהִתְעַנּוֹת בְּהוֹן. שֶׁכְּשֶׁנִּכְנְסוּ יְווֹנִים לַהֵיכָל טִמְּאוּ כׇּל הַשְּׁמָנִים שֶׁבַּהֵיכָל. וּכְשֶׁגָּבְרָה מַלְכוּת בֵּית חַשְׁמוֹנַאי וְנִצְּחוּם, בָּדְקוּ וְלֹא מָצְאוּ אֶלָּא פַּךְ אֶחָד שֶׁל שֶׁמֶן שֶׁהָיָה מוּנָּח בְּחוֹתָמוֹ שֶׁל כֹּהֵן גָּדוֹל, וְלֹא הָיָה בּוֹ אֶלָּא לְהַדְלִיק יוֹם אֶחָד. נַעֲשָׂה בּוֹ נֵס וְהִדְלִיקוּ מִמֶּנּוּ שְׁמוֹנָה יָמִים. לְשָׁנָה אַחֶרֶת קְבָעוּם וַעֲשָׂאוּם יָמִים טוֹבִים בְּהַלֵּל וְהוֹדָאָה.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Gemara asks: What is [the basis or origin of] Hanukkah, and why are lights kindled on Hanukkah? The Gemara answers: The Sages taught in Megillat Taanit: On the twenty-fifth of Kislev, the days of Hanukkah are eight. One may not eulogize on them and one may not fast on them. What is the reason? When the Greeks entered the Sanctuary they defiled all the oils that were in the Sanctuary by touching them. And when the Hasmonean monarchy overcame them and emerged victorious over them, they searched and found only one cruse of oil that was placed with the seal of the High Priest, undisturbed by the Greeks. And there was sufficient oil there to light the candelabrum for only one day. A miracle occurred and they lit the candelabrum from it eight days. The next year the Sages instituted those days and made them holidays with recitation of hallel and special thanksgiving prayer.

  20. וְאַתָּה בְּרַחֲמֶיךָ הָרַבִּים עָמַדְתָּ לָהֶם בְּעֵת צָרָתָם. רַבְתָּ אֶת רִיבָם. דַנְתָּ אֶת דִּינָם. נָקַמְתָּ אֶת נִקְמָתָם. מָסַרְתָּ גִבּורִים בְּיַד חַלָּשִׁים. וְרַבִּים בְּיַד מְעַטִּים. וּטְמֵאִים בְּיַד טְהורִים. וּרְשָׁעִים בְּיַד צַדִּיקִים. וְזֵדִים בְּיַד עוסְקֵי תורָתֶךָ. וּלְךָ עָשיתָ שֵׁם גָּדול וְקָדושׁ בְּעולָמֶךָ. וּלְעַמְּךָ יִשרָאֵל עָשיתָ תְּשׁוּעָה גְדולָה וּפֻרְקָן כְּהַיּום הַזֶּה,

    וְאַחַר כֵּן בָּאוּ בָנֶיךָ לִדְבִיר בֵּיתֶךָ. וּפִנּוּ אֶת הֵיכָלֶךָ. וְטִהֲרוּ אֶת מִקְדָּשֶׁךָ. וְהִדְלִיקוּ נֵרות בְּחַצְרות קָדְשֶׁךָ. וְקָבְעוּ שְׁמונַת יְמֵי חֲנֻכָּה אֵלּוּ. לְהודות וּלְהַלֵּל לְשִׁמְךָ הַגָּדול:

     

     

    You, in great mercy, stood by Your people in time of trouble.  You defended them, vindicated them, avenged their wrongs, delivered the mighty into the hands of the weak, and the many into the hands of the few, and the corrupt into the hands of the pure of heart, and the wicked into the hands of the righteous, and the arrogant into the hands of those occupied in Your Torah.  You have generated a great name and holiness for Yourself in Your world, and provided a great salvation and deliverance for your people Israel even to this day.  Then Your children came into Your shrine, cleansed Your Temple, purified Your sanctuary, and kindled lights in Your sacred courts.  And they set aside these eight days of dedication [of Hannukah] in order to give thanks and praise to Your great name.

  21. עַל הַנִּסִּים וְעַל הַפֻּרְקָן וְעַל הַגְּבוּרות וְעַל הַתְּשׁוּעות וְעַל הַמִּלְחָמות שֶׁעָשיתָ לַאֲבותֵינוּ בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם בַּזְּמַן [וּבַזְּמַן] הַזֶּה:

    [We thank You] for the miracles, and for the deliverance, and for the heroic acts, and for the salvations, and for the wars that you performed for our ancestors in those days, in this season [and in this time (of history)].

  22.  

    מי ימלל גבורות ישראל?
    אותן מי ימנה?
    הן בכל דור יקום הגיבור,
    גואל העם.

     

    שמע!
    בימים ההם בזמן הזה,
    מכבי מושיע ופודה.
    ובימינו כל עם ישראל
    יתאחד, יקום ויגאל.

    Mi Y'malel (Zionist song (1936))

     

    Who can recall the heroic acts of Israel?
    Who can count them?
    For in every generation the hero will arise, 
    the redeemer of the nation.   

     

    Listen!
    In those days, at this season,
    the Maccabee redeemed and brought salvation.
    And in our days all the nation of Israel

    must unite, rise up and be redeemed.

  23. אָבִינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַיִם, צוּר יִשְׂרָאֵל וְגוֹאֲלוֹ,

    בָּרֵךְ אֶת מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל, [שֶתְּהֵא]

    רֵאשִׁית צְמִיחַת גְּאֻלָּתֵנוּ.

     

    Our Father Who is in heaven,

    Rock and Redeemer of Israel,

    bless the State of Israel -- [that it may be] the beginning of the flowering of our Redemption.

  24. מוֹדִים אֲנַֽחְנוּ לָךְ שָׁאַתָּה הוּא יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵֽינוּ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד צוּר חַיֵּֽינוּ מָגֵן יִשְׁעֵֽנוּ אַתָּה הוּא לְדוֹר וָדוֹר נֽוֹדֶה לְּךָ וּנְסַפֵּר תְּהִלָּתֶֽךָ עַל־חַיֵּֽינוּ הַמְּ֒סוּרִים בְּיָדֶֽךָ וְעַל נִשְׁמוֹתֵֽינוּ הַפְּ֒קוּדוֹת לָךְ וְעַל נִסֶּֽיךָ שֶׁבְּכָל יוֹם עִמָּֽנוּ וְעַל נִפְלְ֒אוֹתֶֽיךָ וְטוֹבוֹתֶֽיךָ שֶׁבְּ֒כָל עֵת עֶֽרֶב וָבֹֽקֶר וְצָהֳרָֽיִם הַטּוֹב כִּי לֹא כָלוּ רַחֲמֶֽיךָ וְהַמְ֒רַחֵם כִּי לֹא תַֽמּוּ חֲסָדֶֽיךָ מֵעוֹלָם קִוִּֽינוּ לָךְ:

     

     

    We are thankful to You that You Lord are our God and the God of our ancestors forever; Rock of our lives, You are the Shield of our deliverance in every generation. We will give thanks to You and recount Your praise, for our lives that are committed into Your hand, and for our souls which are entrusted to You, and for Your miracles that every day are with us, and for Your wonders and benefactions at all times— evening, morning and afternoon. (You are) The Beneficent One— for Your compassion is never withheld; And (You are) the Merciful One— for Your kindliness never ceases; we have always placed our hope in You.

  25. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר יָצַר אֶת־הָאָדָם בְּחָכְמָה וּבָֽרָא בוֹ נְקָבִים נְקָבִים חֲלוּלִים חֲלוּלִים גָּלוּי וְיָדֽוּעַ לִפְנֵי כִסֵּא כְבוֹדֶֽךָ שֶׁאִם יִפָּתֵֽחַ אֶחָד מֵהֶם אוֹ יִסָּתֵם אֶחָד מֵהֶם אִי אֶפְשַׁר לְהִתְקַיֵּם וְלַעֲמֹד לְפָנֶֽיךָ אֲפִילוּ שָׁעָה אֶחָת. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְהֹוָה רוֹפֵא כָל־בָּשָׂר וּמַפְלִיא לַעֲשׂוֹת:

    Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who formed man with wisdom and created within him openings and hollow organs. It is obvious and known in the presence of Your glorious throne that if one of them were ruptured, or if one of them were blocked, it would be impossible to exist and stand in Your Presence even for a short while. Blessed are You, Lord, Who heals all flesh and performs wonders.

  26. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, God in Search of Man, at 46 (1955)

     

    As civilization advances, the sense of wonder declines. Such decline is an alarming symptom of our state of mind. Mankind will not perish for want of information; but only for want of appreciation. The beginning of our happiness lies in the understanding that life without wonder is not worth living. What we lack is not a will to believe but a will to wonder. Awareness of the divine begins with wonder. It is the result of what man does with his higher incomprehension. The greatest hindrance to such awareness is our adjustment to conventional notions, to mental cliches. Wonder or radical amazement, the state of maladjustment to words and notions, is therefore a prerequisite for an authentic awareness of that which is.

  27. בלילה הראשון מוסיפים:

    בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם

    שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לַזְּמַן הַזֶּה.

    On the first night:

    Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this season.

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