During the time of Jeremiah the Prophet, people lacked trust in God, and when the people were asked why they were not engaged in Torah study, they answered that they had to earn a living. Today, God is once again showing us miracles to remind us and to compel us to remember that even if we do not see it with our own eyes, everything is a miracle – it is all miracles.
Above: Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman
Top Haredi Leader Says Only God Is Protecting Israel, Offers No Thanks Or Support For IDF, Iron Dome Scientists
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Yated Ne’eman, the mouthpiece of the mainstream faction of non-hasidic Ashkenazi haredim led by 100-year-old Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman, published an article detailing Steinman’s thoughts on Israel’s current war with Hamas, Yeshiva World reported.
“[At all times,] our whole life is a miracle, [but] in recent days we see miracles and wonders that surpass nature,” Steinman reportedly said, apparently referring to the massive barrage of rockets and missiles fired at Israeli population centers from Gaza and the miniscule number of injuries they have caused.
Not a single person among the Jewish people has not seen these miracles taking place across the Land of Israel now, and we must be genuinely aware of God’s interventions to protect us and save us, Steinman insisted.
Steinman quoted Maimonides’ commentary on the Torah from the end of Parshat Bo (Exodus 10:1–13:16) that says the world is run by miracles, but we have become so accustomed to them we refer to the day-to-day operation of the world as “natural.” But, Steinman said, the so-called natural is really miraculous, noting that as the Jews wandered in the desert after fleeing Egypt, manna to feed them fell from heaven every day. Even though the Jewish people knew this was God’s doing, they became so accustomed to it happening that they came to view it as an expected, normal occurrence.
“…All our life is a miracle,” Steinman continued. “[But] people do not notice it, because they have become acclimated to it, and that's what we say in prayer three times a day, “‘Your [God’s] miracles are with us every day; the entire world is a miracle.’"
Steinman also said that during the time of Jeremiah the Prophet, people lacked trust in God, and when the people were asked why they were not engaged in Torah study, they answered that they had to earn a living. Today, God is once again showing us miracles to remind us and to compel us to remember that even if we do not see it with our own eyes, everything is a miracle – it is all miracles, Steinman said.
Steinman did not credit or thank the IDF, the soldiers who fight – and sometimes die – in it, the scientists who designed Israel’s missile defense system the Iron Dome, or the US, which funded it, and did not ask Jews to pray for the safety or the success of any of them.