Mishkabobble of Thoughts in 1 Post
Sorry for the lack of posting in the last couple weeks. Here are some of the stories that I've been following:
- The incredible Imrei Bina, attributed to Ra'avad I (1125-1180), has some interesting predictions about the years in which we are living in today having to do with Yovel counts since the time of Ezra. See Dreaming's post on it, and see Hakeitz Hameguleh for a whole series of posts on the matter, including typing the original text and a translation of the sefer into English.
- Hurricane Ike's damage to Texas, and its aftermath's incredible amount of rain and flooding damage to the Chicago area and much of the Midwest is something that we need to show our awe of Hashem for. Soon we will be saying ובכן תן פחדך in the Rosh Hashana Amida. Of note is that we say that paragraph corresponding to Yitzhak Avinu (as the verse goes "ופחד יצחק" and for other Kabbalistic reasons). Ike is often short for Isaac - Yitzhak. See Dreaming for another interesting comparison. Also, see an interesting note from Tomer Devorah on this, comparing it to the hurricane in 1900.
- The Cubs look like they're headed to the playoffs (beli ayin hara) after Zambrano's no-hitter yesterday. See this old post for context.
- A 9-year-old was repeatedly stabbed by an Arab terrorist in Yitzhar. What saved him and the family whose house burned down was nothing short of Nissim Geluyim.
- Wall Street is not in good shape right now, as the mortgage crisis is hitting financial institutions hard as well. Tomer Devorah and Mystical Paths links come to mind.
- My wife's grandmother is very sick. She needs a Refu'a Sheleima Min Hashamayim. Her name is Blima bat Sarah Pesel. My wife made the trip to Toronto to visit her in the hospital. My wife's grandmother could barely talk while in the hospital, and when she does, it comes out hard to understand. However, she twice yesterday said the following statement very clearly in Yiddish: "Mashiah is coming this year." (My father-in-law can attest to this.)
Unfortunate Update:She was niftera today.