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Chaim Gross

Chaim Gross is President and principal owner of a privately held investment company located in Manhattan. He has a strong interest in religion and theology, and has written two books on the Jewish festivals.

He is presently completing a third book, which explores the concept of Divine Providence as reflected in the writings of the traditional Jewish sages.

In connection with the upcoming publication of Chaim Gross' book on Divine Providence, he will periodically contribute relevant material to a blog on that topic.

Living With Theological Contradictions

In most parts of life, it eventually becomes untenable to maintain contradictory beliefs.  Suppose someone is convinced that regular treadmill use generates su...

Faith’s Slippery Slope; Sliding Into An Abyss

Why, indeed, does faith reside on such a slippery slope?  Why is it that all too often our crises of faith are monumental ones that go to the heart of the ente...

Is It Enough to Believe in God?

How seriously should we take discussions regarding specific Divine intervention into human affairs? Is the entire issue a purely academic anachronism, with litt...

The Limits of Divine Control: Lessons From Barroom Mishaps

Guy walks into a lavish hotel bar. Ceremoniously plunks down two crisp hundred dollar bills. Loudly orders a double of 40-year Macallan from the limited edition...
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Darkei Hashgacha – Does G-d Control Everything?

Chaim Gross

(Targum 2014)

Belief in God is incomplete unless it incorporates an understanding of His ongoing involvement with the universe. This involvement is known as Divine Providence, or “Hashgacha” in Hebrew. Unfortunately, no single source has ever synthesized the plethora of Talmudic, Midrashic and Rabbinic opinions on this topic.

For the first time, Darkei Hashgacha attempts to present a unified analysis of this critically important subject, including the innate tension between Hashgacha and the prevalence of evil, the functioning of nature, the notion of free choice, the requirement to engage in Hishtadlus (one’s best efforts), the element of Mazal, and the general sublimation in Judaism of the individual to the group.

The analysis considers the shifts in thinking that have taken place over time with respect to Divine Providence. The focus is always on the opinions of the traditional Sages, with extensive quotations from a diversified list of primary sources constituting the heart of the work.

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Nissim V’Niflaos

A wondrous look at the halachos of miraculous days


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Halachic Perspectives on Chanukah and Purim

Chaim Gross

Based on the Shiurim of HaRav Don Blumberg
(Targum 2009)

Nissim V’Niflaos examines the underpinning and framework of the two named Rabbinic festivals through an analysis of various Halachic issues that are pertinent to them.

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Halachic Perspectives on Pesach

Chaim Gross

Based on the Shiurim of HaRav Don Blumberg
(Targum 2011)

Nissim V’Niflaos Pesach examines the underpinning and framework of Passover through an analysis of various Halachic issues that are pertinent to it.

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