[Avodah] ein mazal l'Yisrael

Lisa Liel lisa at starways.net
Thu Mar 7 18:28:13 PST 2013

On 3/7/2013 4:51 PM, Micha Berger wrote:
> Ein mazal leYisrael doesn't mean that necessarily a nakhri's life is
> dictated by luck. That's the converse, not the contrapositive, of
> the aphorism.
> (Definitions:
>      Given: Every X is Y
> then the contrapositive would be
>      Whenever not-Y, it can't be an X.
> and the contrapositive is always as true as the given. The converse
> would be
>      Every not-X is not-Y
> which could be true or not.)
> And if you're willing to except the Jew who is poreiq ol, what about
> the chasid umos ha'olam?
But ein mazal l'Yisrael comes from Avraham and the stars that Hashem 
showed him.  So it wouldn't apply to the chasid umot ha'olam.  Nor, 
necessarily, would it apply to a Yisrael mumar.


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