[Avodah] Fwd (JID): "Who Says There Are No Coincidences?" by R' D. Glasner

Lisa Liel lisa at starways.net
Wed Mar 6 13:22:52 PST 2013

I always understood the idea as being related to "ein mazal l'Yisrael".  
That is to say, for Jews, possibly excepting those who are porek ol, 
hashgacha pratit operates on a very tight level.  That the ordinary laws 
of history and nature don't apply to us.  The example I always heard was 
lottery tickets, the idea being that when a non-Jew buys a lottery 
ticket, he wins or loses based on probability.  But when a Jew buys one, 
at least a frum Jew, he wins or loses based on whether God determines he 
should win or lose.  And that therefore (this was the correlary), one 
shouldn't buy more than a single lottery ticket for a given drawing 
(other than for charitable reasons), because it demonstrates a lack of 
emunah, since if God wants you to win, one ticket is enough.


On 3/6/2013 12:32 PM, MPoppers wrote:
> An article like this (by a descendant of the Dor R'vi'i
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moshe_Shmuel_Glasner>) may provoke more
> questions than it answers, but hey, hQbH granted us some grey cells
> so that we should utilize them every once in a while (and that is no
> coincidence :)) ...
> http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6078
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