First posted on The Times of Israel at: http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/ekev-unusual-success/
Netziv Deuteronomy: Ekev
“The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.” -Elbert Hubbard
As modern men of science, we are in love with the laws of cause and effect. This is true not only in the physical laws, but also in the social and economic laws. This linear thinking certainly dominates the world of business, where one expects that thorough research, good planning, intelligent decisions, skilled personnel and hard work should ostensibly lead to success.
While all these things are generally prerequisites, we are still witnesses to abysmal failures of well executed and well funded ventures as well as the uncommon successes of businesses that one can only say that extreme “luck” was on their side.
The Netziv on Deuteronomy 7:13 introduces another unusual source of success. According to the Netziv the study of Torah, the daily encounter and familiarization with Jewish law and tradition is an uncommon source of blessings. He states that by learning Torah, God bestows blessings over and above the laws of nature. There is some supernatural power in the study of the Torah that can have an influence beyond the rational.
Let’s take advantage and reach for those supernatural blessings.
To Robin Williams. You were an uncommon success who made us laugh. We will miss you.
For a speedy recovery of Jackeline Denise Eliana bat Ana Osnat.