Is chance a name we may ascribe to fate,
or fate the name we should ascribe to chance?
You’d never get the answer from the late
lamented Fred Astaire, so let us dance
without distraction or preoccupation
about such problems, for which there aren’t answers,
and concentrate our minds instead on syncopation,
heartbeats not stopping while we’re mental dancers.
Whoever’s wise will learn with so-called chance to dance fantastically and lightly trip it. He will let chance, leading steps he makes, entrance him with serenity and serendipity.
The great leader of a Hasidic dynasty known as the Bnei Yisoschor writes in his work Agra DePirka that the sequence of curses described in chapter 26 of Leviticus teaches us that we should ascribe any misfortune to random “change”. This inerpretatation is supported by the wordplay between qeri, a word denoting “chance,” in Lev. 26:21, and lariq, denoting “in vain,” five verses earlier, in Lev. 26:16.