Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Real Rationalist Chanukah Miracle





Baruch Hashem, mother and baby are well. Shalom zachar this Friday night!
(Please excuse me for not replying to emails.)

40 comments:

  1. Mazel Tov, Rabbi Slifkin!

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  2. Mazal Tov!
    BTW, Do you have PROOF that this really happened?
    Besides, there are many Rishonim who would argue that this is not a miracle but pure nature...

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  3. So how did this post get a kefirah vote? That's disturbing.
    Mazel tov!

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  4. Mazal tov!
    See you IY"H at the SZ!

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  5. Mazal tov! We're having our Bet Shemesh relations over this Shabbat, or I'd be over there and crashing yours. :-)

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  6. The words mazal tov are high irrational. I suppose congratulations would fit better.
    Congratulations!

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  7. Mazel Tov!

    The kfira vote is for doing the sholom zochor an it's the first post that really deserves it.

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  8. Mazel Tov Rabbi Slifkin!

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  9. מזל טוב.
    אסאך נחת!

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  10. mazel tov, Rabbi !

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  11. מזל טוב

    A Real Rationalist Chanukah Miracle, beautiful Chanukah gift, and a Chanukah light (up your life) all in one.
    o

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  12. "Thou hast knit me together in my mother's womb. I will give thanks unto Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    wonderful are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."
    Tehillim 139:13-14
    King David and I would like to wish you a hearty mazel tov!

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  13. מזל טוב! הרבה נחת!

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  14. Ditto. Life should have and I suppose did make even Darwin shudder! How the heck do you get it started to begin with.
    .מזל טוב

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  15. Mazal tov. May you have much nachas from the new addition to the family.

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  16. Good timing, so that no chug is missed. Mazal Tov.
    And nature IS a miracle!!!

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  17. To pay for your new Chanukah gift.

    May you win a lot of Chanukah gelt, and not those made of chocolate.
    o

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  18. Non-Kabbalistic sepharadim say "Siman Tov" as opposed to shouting "Good planetary influence!"

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  19. mazal tov, may you and your wife raise him to torah and good deeds, and derive much satisfaction from him and his siblings.

    Even the rationalists among us don't quibble about some inoffensive customs that may have superstitious origins, particularly if they have a celebratory character.

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  20. תזכה לגדלו ולחנכו לתורה, לחופה ולמעשים טובים
    ולהכניתו לבריתו של אברהם אבינו בזמנו

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  21. Rabbi Slifkin,

    Mazel Tov,

    We can say it but he can't!

    Anochi Ba'Maarav

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  22. Mazal tov!!! May you have a lot of nachas!

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  23. Steg (dos iz nit der šteg)December 11, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    מזל טוב ומברוכ!

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  24. Rabbi Slifkin,

    Mazel Tov! We can say it- he can not.

    Libby Ba'mizrach

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  25. Congratulations!

    He looks fit enough to draft. How soon can you get him into army boots?

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  26. This would be a perfect segue into Metzizah B'Peh

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  27. Rabbi Slifkin, may you derive much nachas from your newborn son.
    I would like to share this quote from the Ba'al Shem Tov:
    "The joy and blessing that a Jew rejoices in another's Jew's joy and blessing is accepted by Hashem like the prayer of Rabbi Yishmael the High Priest in the Holy of Holies."

    That goes for all the commenters on this post as well.

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  28. Rabbi Slifkin, why not share some of the details of the bris with the readers?

    Mazel Tov and Much Nachas.

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  29. "Even the rationalists among us don't quibble about some inoffensive customs that may have superstitious origins, particularly if they have a celebratory character."

    too bad i'm commenting after probably everyone left, but i think this is a starter for a fascinating discussion. since when should inoffensiveness and even celebratory nature justify superstition?

    and when a rationalist or anyone quibbles about offensive superstitions, are they quibbling about the superstition or the offensiveness? [=the bother]

    and if the CERTAINTY of enjoyment at a celebratory event justifies participation in a farce, would someone who is CERTAIN THAT THE ETERNAL BLISS OF THE FUTURE WORLD is commensurate to the enthusiasm of one's performance of mitzvahs, be justified in sending his child, congregant, other... to an educational institution whose products do mitzvahs enthusiastically but that institution preaches, for example, mysticism and the person in question is an anti-kabbalist? and there is another more 'level headed' institution closer to the person's perception of truth whose products are less enthusiastic in their mitzvahs, may or should one send the child, student, other... to the farce-advocating one?

    and if that is permitted because you aren't lying yourself but have the educators do it, how about lying yourself?

    how about if you think [or are certain] that there are more than 3 ruminants without split hooves, and you are dealing with someone who you can get to partake of the great eternal bliss only by lying and claiming that there are only 3, may and should you do him that favor, at the expense of corrupting yourself?

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