Part 2: "Divine Providence"
Chapter 7: "The Influence of the Stars"
Each and every one of us, Jew and Gentile, is effected by the draw and reach
of the stars. Much the way we're all subject to the same laws of nature and
share a common physiognomy.
But just as the laws of nature can be overridden by miracles and wonders, the
influence of the stars can be countermanded as well -- when G-d wants it to
That explains the dictum that the Jewish People aren't beholden to the rule
of the constellations (see Shabbat 156A). That doesn't mean to say that we're
oblivious to or utterly above the laws of nature or the influence of the
It's just that there are times when G-d's ultimate will -- which we play a
direct role in -- surpasses the natural order of things. And those are the
when extraordinary things happen to us despite the planets and stars.
This series is dedicated to the memory of Yitzchak Hehrsh ben Daniel,
and Sarah Rivka bas Yaakov Dovid.
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