“Rabbi Chanina said: A person does not injure his finger below unless it was decreed on him from on high” (Talmud Chullin 7b).
A pair of teenage TorahTutors students enjoyed in-depth discussion with their tutor about this statement. What is Rabbi Chanina trying to tell us about the nature of divine providence? How does that fit or contrast with other ideas about God’s involvement in the details of human life? Does Rabbi Chanina’s statement have anything to say about other philosophical concepts, such as the parameters of free will?
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