Understanding the Purim Miracles
Year after year, on Purim we publicize the miracle that
Miracles are normally divided into two categories: open miracles that break the rules of nature, and hidden miracles that are manifest within nature.
Open miracles are supernatural, such as the splitting of the Red Sea, the falling of the manna, and the like. These miracles demonstrate to us and instill in the hearts of all humanity that
Hidden miracles are those events which occur and the physical eye sees no change to the normal course of events, yet the intellectual eye sees and discerns that
An example of this is the battles fought during Chanukah. There was no essential change in nature. A war was fought, and wars typically result in victors and vanquished ones. Yet, a vast army, numbering many thousands of trained soldiers, fell to a very small band of untrained rebels, consisting of five Temple Priests and a few others aiding them. This was something entirely impossible in the reality as we normally experience it.
A Third Level of Miracle
It seems that we should add another level of miracle, more deeply concealed. These are the fully concealed miracles that are impossible to detect. So deep is the concealment of this form of Divine Providence that even the person for whom the miracle was wrought doesn’t realize it, nor can he realize it. Regarding this, the verse states: “He does great wonders (miracles) alone,” since due to the great concealment and deeply-hidden nature of this type of Providence,
One of the Purim miracles was this type. Over almost ten years,
Yet, even at this point the Jews were not totally saved. They still faced one more threat. On the fourteenth and fifteenth of Adar, nearly a year after Haman was hung, the Jews were privileged to witness yet another miracle as they battled against their enemies on the day chosen to annihilate all Jews — man, woman and child.
This part of the Purim miracle was similar to Chanukah, when the Jews fought a battle against their enemies. The Purim battle even includes within it an advantage over the Chanukah battle, when there were casualties on both sides as is the case in all wars. During the Purim battle, however, not a single Jew was killed, something impossible in the type of fighting that took place in those times, not to mention that the Jewish fighters were weaker, outnumbered and untrained for combat. This clearly indicates a miracle of
We can now understand why this victory is followed by such joy and celebration till this day. In it we witness
Within the two levels of hidden miracles we celebrate and publicize on Purim, we see the great power of