Helper & Deliverer by Michael Winner/2/3/2022 The Gemara (Shabbos 118b) states, "Whoever recites Hallel every day, defames in the name of G-d."Rav Yaakov Meir Shechter, the head of the Breslov community in Yerushaliyim, asks the famous question, "WHY?" If anything, that person should be praised. Isn't praising Hashem one of our "jobs"?He explains that Hashem interacts with our world in two different ways. One, through natural means. In this way, we cannot always see Hashem's hand in things, and when we can, it is more often than not, after the fact and connecting the dots. The second way is through direct "Divine Intervention," otherwise known as miracles. To us, there is a huge difference. To Hashem, there is none.Hallel is customarily recited to commemorate the second, more miraculous way. When a person focuses on only that aspect, he is in essence saying, "Hashem only interacts with us when He needs to, but in general, He doesn't deal with us every day." And when a person says that, he is "limiting" Hashem's power, defaming His name.In the first brachah of Shemoneh Esrei, we refer to Hashem as "Ozer U'moshiah," a "helper" and a "deliverer." When He interacts with us through natural means, He is a "helper." When he goes beyond nature, He is a "deliverer."The Gemara (Brachos 4a) says that had the Jewish people been worthy, they would have returned to Eretz Yisroel (from Babylon) in the same miraculous way as they had originally entered in the days of Yehoshua.When they originally conquered the land under Yehoshua, the Jordan River split for them, the walls of Yericho fell for them, the sun and the moon stayed in their place for them. Their conquest was made through miracles.When they returned to build the Second Beis HaMikdash, they were led by Ezra, and only with permission from the Persian king. Everything was done via natural events.And in case you didn't notice, "Yehoshua" is from the word "deliverer" and "Ezra" from the word "helper."When we are on a high level, whether nationally or individually, we merit to see more Divine Interaction. When we are on a lower level, we see Hashem through natural means.But what's most important to remember, is that it's all the same to Hashem. He will continue to interact with us on a daily, and mundane level, even if we don't always live up to His expectations.With that, I wish you all a wonderful Shabbos!