The Myth of Mundanity

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  1. Avigail Melzer says:

    “there was a reason. ”
    Of course! Maybe, that very day someone else who was interviewed for the job, but would have been turned down in favor of the woman who missed her flight, was taken on – and, who knows, perhaps thereby saved her family from financial disaster? It’s very easy to see how all the various flukes of hashgacha pratis that are so beneficial to us can either be detrimental or simply have no meaning or significance to the other protagonists in the event.

  2. Martin says:

    As we say every Motzei Shabbos in Havdalah…”Hamavdil bein Kodesh l’Chol…”
    The Holy cannot be fully appreciated if not in relation to the mundane, and vice versa. Both are necessary. The mussar lesson here is that we must realize that we would be unable to reach spiritual “highs” without also experiencing spiritual “lows” and we must learn to thank HaShem for both.

  3. another Nathan says:

    The Seforno, in his commentary to Tazriah, suggests that Hashgacha Pratis is reserved only for Tzadikim. In such a paradigm, it means the woman in the story missed her flight because of… bad traffic.
    Hashgacha Pratis is often understood in the sense of a mechanical, deterministic universe. God thus becomes reduced to its operator/ engineer.

    [YA – 1) The Seforno may very well mean that hashgacha peratis that will allow for semi-miraculous manifestations like nega’im as a consequence of aveirah. He does not necessarily mean that HKBH micro-managing our lives in an unobtrusive way is reserved only for tzadikim. 2) Please show who “often” understands a deterministic universe as hashgacha peratis. Kelalis, perhaps. But I, for one, have no recollection of ever seeing the term used the way you are using it.]

  4. another Nathan says:

    1) Are you saying that indeed, HKBH is micro-managing our lives in an unobtrusive way? If that is so, I will revise my position from “I don’t understand Hashgacha Pratis,” to now saying “I REALLY DON’T understand Hashgacha Pratis”
    2) It’s not something I read, but how Hashgacha Pratis seems to be understood when used in discussions.

  5. Tzivia says:

    Where in Tazria (the Sforno)? Thanks.

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