The Tragic Ironies of the Terrible Fire Today
In such a horrible day in Israel, where at least 40 people ר"ל lost their lives, a forest is being destroyed, and thousands are being evacuated, I would like to take a look at some of the tragic ironies that just occurred.
- Before today, when I thought of a fire in the Carmel, I think of Eliyahu Hanavi getting the people to say ה' הוא האלקים ה' הוא האלקים. After today, we still need to say ה' הוא האלקים, but the reason for saying it is more hidden. The fire then was a fire of blessing - this is just the opposite.
- Today is the first day of Hanukka, where we should be celebrating our victories over the Greeks. Instead, we need to ask Greece (among others) for help to put out the fire, and they are sending helicopters.
- We light Hanukka flames with the hope that the flames in the Carmel Forest are put out.
- There was just an article about firefighters warning people about house fires before Hanukka.
and notes various Tehillim gatherings due to the blaze.עַד-מָה יְהוָה, תִּסָּתֵר לָנֶצַח; תִּבְעַר כְּמוֹ-אֵשׁ חֲמָתֶךָ
47 How long, O LORD, wilt Thou hide Thyself for ever? How long shall Thy wrath burn like fire?
Tehillim were also said at the Minha minyan I attended today.
May Hashem speedily turn the Aish of destruction into an Aish of building, as we say: