Re: Probability
Sat, 2 Aug 1997 10:44:56 -0500 (CDT)

Michael "Bart" Stall wrote:
<< There seems to be a contradiction... And this is the part that is
fascinating... look.... There seems to be two 'schools' here.... 1.
Hashem's law that He knows all and He controls EVERYTHING.. 2. Hashems law
They don't seem to jive with each other.. If he only buys one ticket, he
is subscribing to law #1.. Have faith in Hashem and He will make it happen
if it is to be... And not subscribing to Hashem's law of Probablitly and
Statistics... If he does the opposite it 'seems' like he is trying to
"outsmart" Hashem and increase his 'odds' of winning...Does he buy x+y
amount of tickets and then he will 'change' Hashem's mind?? >>

HaShem's (G-d's) law of "time and chance happeneth to them all" (Eccl 9:11)
definitely applies when it comes to buying lottery tickets. I can think of
much better investments, for example "prove me now herewith...if I will not
open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there
shall not be room enough to receive it." (Mal 3:10).

Condie Erwin