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Posted on May 30, 2003 By Rabbi Yaakov Feldman | Series: | Level:

Each and every one of us, Jew and Gentile, is effected by the draw and reach of the stars. Much the way we’re all subject to the same laws of nature and share a common physiognomy.

But just as the laws of nature can be overridden by miracles and wonders, the influence of the stars can be countermanded as well — when G-d wants it to be.

That explains the dictum that the Jewish People aren’t beholden to the rule of the constellations (see Shabbat 156A). That doesn’t mean to say that we’re oblivious to or utterly above the laws of nature or the influence of the stars.

It’s just that there are times when G-d’s ultimate will — which we play a direct role in — surpasses the natural order of things. And those are the time when extraordinary things happen to us despite the planets and stars.

This series is dedicated to the memory of Yitzchak Hehrsh ben Daniel, and Sarah Rivka bas Yaakov Dovid.

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