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When a bad situation arises—for example, drought in Israel—we come together as a nation to pray or fast, hoping that will have some effect on the situation. There’s an assumption that it is our lack of good deeds (or our evil deeds) that is causing this to happen. Yet, conversely, when something good happens to the Jewish people, the rabbis never come out and say, “Wow, we must have done something great! Let’s institute a day of celebration!” Why the contradiction?

Click here for a(n) Orthodox answer by Rabbi Stuart Grant
Click here for a(n) Conservative answer by Rabbi David Levy
Click here for a(n) Reform answer by Rabbi John Sherwood, Deceased (z"l)