Man Performing Miracles II
Rabbi Moshe Ben-Chaim
The notion of a rebbe or a tzaddik performing miracles is becoming more and more prevalent. People in droves visit "rebbes" for his so called miracles, feeling he has greater powers than other men.
When running for his life, being chased by his twin Esav, why didn't Jacob perform a miracle to save his life? Why did he pray to God and prepare a bribe and ready himself for battle? If Jacob could not perform miracles, how does anyone have the gall to suggest that today's lower members of the Jewish people can out-perform someone like Jacob, someone who God actually spoke to? It is truly astonishing that people actually believe their rebbes to be on a higher level than a Jacob, or a Moses.
What is the Torah's view on man's powers? I will quote a few statements and Torah passages so you may learn for yourself, using your own reason, arriving at that one conclusion that the Torah clearly denies that mankind has any power outside his own muscular abilities. Be careful not to feel intimidated by the masses who blindly accept and even wish for miracles. "Bkol darkecha da-ay-hu", "In all areas know Him (God)", meaning, use your mind in all areas.
Saadia Gaon - "Emunos v'Daos"
"I say also that it was for this very reason that God made the prophets equal to all other human beings in so far as death was concerned, lest man get the idea (and say wrongly to himself) "just as these prophets were capable of living forever, in contradistinction to them, so were they also able to perform marvels in contradistinction to them."
Saadia Gaon says clearly that even prophets had no powers.
Rav Moshe Feinstein
When asked to give a blessing, Rav Moshe responded, "If you are learning, you have the greatest blessing of all, if you are not, there is nothing I can give you."
Moshe, Joshua , David HaMelech, Shlomo HaMelech
We do not see the Jews ever requesting blessings from Moshe Rabbeinu, from Joshua, Kings David, or King Solomon. This phenomena of seeking blessings was not practiced.
Upon Pharoah's request to end the plagues, Moshe left the city and prayed to God to halt the plagues. He did not do so himself, the wisest man to live, Moshe, understood well that man has no powers.
Additionally, Moshe praised God as the sole, source of power. Why would Moshe do this is he too had powers?
When Rachel asked Yaakov for children, Yaakov said, "Am I in G-d's stead?". Yaakov attested to the fact that he had no power to give her children. If people have powers, why did Jacob respond this way? It is clear that Jacob understood that no one is able to do what G-d does. Those were his very words, " Am I in G-d's stead?"

Elisha the prophet
When Naaman requested Elisha to rid him of his leprosy, Elisha did not leave the house, but rather, he sent a messenger to instruct Naaman to bathe, and this would remove his ailment. Naaman was upset with Elisha, that he did not come out, call upon G-d's name, and "wave his hand over the place of the leprosy and remove it". A friend suggested wisely, that Elisha desired that G-d retain the grandeur for such a miracle, therefore, Elisha did not leave the house. He avoided the spotlight, as Elisha knew that G-d was the performer of all miracles, and did not want to mislead Naaman. Elisha was aware that people desire to believe in man as a miracle worker. Elisha therefore avoided credit for that which man has no connection with.
Daily Prayers
In L'ale Baruch Neimos we read, "Hu livado poale gvuros", "He alone performs wonders....(He is) the Creator of healings, the Master of wonders". Our prayer says clearly, "God alone performs miracles."

Tosefta Sabbath, Chapter 7
The wearing of red threads on fingers is considered "ways of the Emorites". Against Judaism. (This clearly denounces the popular red bendels.)
Why then do rebbes and followers claim that rebbes perform miracles?
This should be of no consequence to us. Claims from anyone, even from "rabbis", must not weigh more than the words of the Torah. People can and do err, including rabbis. Their followers are apparently devoted to sustaining false claims of their rebbes' reputation as a miracle worker, even if it opposes Torah. To them, man is more central than God.
Unfortunately, these rebbes are the individuals to whom communities look for Torah leadership, and they are doing the opposite by desiring self aggrandizement through malicious claims of miraculous powers. Rebbe's doing miracles, keys in challas, red bendels, checking mezuzot, and all such beliefs stem from a great insecurity in one's own life, and an underlying, disbelief in God's abilities outside physical objects.
"God alone performs wonders". We read this each day.
We must note that sometimes the rebbe himself does not start or support such claims, but it is the insecure followers who have a need to deify their rav, so they start the claims. Such a rebbe would be equally in the wrong, if he did not dispel such lies. He thereby leads his flock astray by his silence.
Man is created and terminated through God's will alone.
Man cannot alter a single natural law or control his own fate.
Man came after the laws were created and guided exclusively by God.
If God guides the world's laws, it is not man.

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