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"To see a miracle as something significant, we must first believe in its significance"


Since early times, many people have deplored the fact that we no longer see miracles, while others just wonder why we do not have miracles. 

Perhaps miracles do still happen, but we do not observe them. When we do notice them, they are not convincing. 

To see a miracle as something significant, we must first believe in its significance. 

If we do not believe that an event can have meaning, then we will not see anything miraculous. 

The power of a miracle as a proof is not inherent in the miracle itself; it is contingent upon our readiness to accept the phenomenon as a miracle. 

If we do not want to see it as a miracle, we will not; it will be a coincidence, an unexplained phenomenon, or just something that happened—but there it will stop. 

If I do believe that events are significant, that they have some meaning beyond the mere fact of their existence, then I do not need extraordinary, supernatural phenomena in order to see miracles. 

If I am ready for miracles, I can walk down the street and see sunshine, and that is enough of a miracle. 

If I am not ready for miracles, seeing thirty dancing angels will not do anything to me.
I will take a picture, send it to the newspaper, and that will be the end of that.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
From Simple Words, p. 206, by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz