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Beit Midrash Series Ein Ayah

condensed from Ein Ayah, Shabbat 11:18

Individual and General Exceptions to Nature

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Gemara: Aharon’s staff swallowed the [Egyptians’] staffs. Rabbi Elazar said: It was a miracle within a miracle.

Ein Ayah: The appearance of miracles comes from the higher revelation of godliness that shines onto the world of rules, which is arranged based on the divine wisdom and the secrets of His desires. The miracle is well above any matter of natural order that exists in the world of limitations that we can experience with our senses.

In the world of nature, there are general matters and specific matters. Sometimes something appears in a manner that enables skipping over a rule of nature on an individual basis whereas the basic foundation of nature remains generally unaltered. However, sometimes a very special, holy light needs to be revealed, so that the Creator’s glory and greatness in the world can be perceived and it can demonstrated that all the ways that the world runs are according to His desire. Then the exceptions to the rules of nature do not have to be limited to individual divergences but can be general, including a miracle within a miracle. It is then not enough for there to be a miracle that is a "free jump within the circle" of nature, but there must be a ness l’hitnoses (a miracle that is like a banner), which uproots the limitations of nature and demonstrates that "there is no one but Him" (Devarim 4:35). That is what happened when Aharon’s staff swallowed those of the Egyptians. "Your testimonies are very trustworthy" (Tehillim 93:5).
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