Re: Probability

Lili Pauli (phenya@ccsg.tau.ac.il)
Sun, 3 Aug 1997 18:17:42 +0300

Bart Stall wrote:
<< Lets say that Mr. X plays the lottery or games of chance... As a Frum
Jew(I know that gambling is prohibited) He buys x amount of lottery
tickets.. Usually the more tickets, the better his 'odds' of winning... But
what about the people who buy just one ticket... These people say that 'If
Hashem wants me to win, I only need one ticket'...This 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 of PROBABILITY... >>

Bart has hit upon a very touchy subject. My Rebbe, Rabbi Shlomo Izacovitz
shlita told me that during the month of Adar, he buys one or two lottery
tickets. Gambling is forbidden but the Israeli lottery goes to building
various buildings in Eretz Yisrael. If Hashem wants to make him rich,
Hashem will. However, not to depend on a miracle, one can help G-D though a
natural outlet. If I feel lucky once in a blue moon - birthday or the month
of Adar; then I too will buy a ticket but knowing full well that the odds
are that the money will be lost and only 50% will go to charity and the
rest to prizes.

With blessings,

Richard (Rachamim) Pauli