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The cynicism of modern society has led even believers to explain away miracles as natural phenomena

By David Lazarus |
Photo: Mendy Hechtman/Flash90

A Jewish saying has it that someone who believes that all the miracles said to have been performed actually happened is a fool, but anyone who believes that they could not have happened is even worse.

Hanukkah recalls the dedication of the Temple (Hanukkah in Hebrew means “dedication”) during the days of the Maccabees, and especially that tiny jar of oil that kept the Menorah lit for eight whole days until more sanctified oil could be prepared.  

We have been celebrating this miracle for 2,500 years, lighting the eight-candle hanukkiah and telling the story from generation-to-generation. But truth be told, many of us who believe in God struggle to believe in miracles, especially in modern times. 

The modern world has tempted us to look for rational or natural explanations of the Hanukkah story and other miracles recorded in the Bible. Jewish and Christian scholars have written volumes giving scientific explanations for everything from the ecological reasons for the plagues in Egypt to the shifting of underground platelets that caused the parting...

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