Monday, October 29, 2012

Interesting Sandy Links and a Possible Sandy Meaning

  • Rav Shteinman Shlit"a suggests people accept upon themselves a strengthening of keeping the laws of Shabbat ahead of Hurricane Sandy. In particular, that the Eruv that they use is 100% Kosher.  (Update: More here)
  • Update: Rav Gershon Edelstein Shlit"a says that this storm - and every storm, even if thousands of miles away - is to awaken us to be stronger in Emuna and to rectify anything that requires rectification
  • Selihot for Behab, which ends Monday for those who have the custom of doing it, references a storm
  • Tomer Devorah has Yad Hashem and Double or Nothing?
  • Soul Mazal has his take
  • (For storms in general,) G-d's horse
  • In this week's Perasha, in the Akeida, we read:
     כִּי-בָרֵךְ אֲבָרֶכְךָ, וְהַרְבָּה אַרְבֶּה אֶת-זַרְעֲךָ כְּכוֹכְבֵי הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְכַחוֹל, אֲשֶׁר עַל-שְׂפַת הַיָּם; וְיִרַשׁ זַרְעֲךָ, אֵת שַׁעַר אֹיְבָיו  that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

     וְהִתְבָּרְכוּ בְזַרְעֲךָ, כֹּל גּוֹיֵי הָאָרֶץ, עֵקֶב, אֲשֶׁר שָׁמַעְתָּ בְּקֹלִי and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast hearkened to My voice.'

     וַיָּשָׁב אַבְרָהָם אֶל-נְעָרָיו, וַיָּקֻמוּ וַיֵּלְכוּ יַחְדָּו אֶל-בְּאֵר שָׁבַע; וַיֵּשֶׁב אַבְרָהָם, בִּבְאֵר שָׁבַע So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beer-sheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beer-sheba. {P}
    We learn about Avraham's descendants being blessed like the sand which is upon the seashore and his seed (i.e. Yaakov) inheriting "the gate of his enemies" (e.g. occupied Gush Katif). Why? Because he listened to Hashem's voice. When we don't listen to Hashem's voice, on the other hand, we lose out on our inheritance and not only that, but the sand(y) works against us - it causes our schools to be closed and normal life to be disrupted.

    Where were schools closed and normal lives disrupted? Be'er Sheva on Sunday due to rocket attacks coming from sandy Gaza which is on the seashore (but they were back to school Monday).  On Monday and Tuesday, the entire New York and much of the US East Coast is closed down due to Hurricane Sandy, including many schools.

    The Keli Yakar on verse 17 explains the difference between Israel being as numerous as the stars, the sand, and the dust of the earth. When all is good, we're like the stars. When our enemies are trying to destroy us, we're like the sand.  Just as the sand doesn't allow the waves to overflow onto land, so too Hashem won't let our enemies destroy us.  When we're at the lowest level, we're like the dust of the earth, but this level will be the catalyst for Geula.

    Right now, it seems like Hashem is trying to tell us that we're on the sand level - definitely not in peaceful times, but not yet in dire straits (אפס עצור ועזוב), and yet, we're being threatened with destruction from all sides. However, this status cannot last forever - it is soon coming to an end and we have a choice to make: we can either listen to Hashem's voice and merit Redemption immediately or ח"ו face a situation where we will be like the dust. Hashem promised that He won't destroy us, but damage can be done. The waves of Sandy and of our enemies can do damage if Hashem gives them free reign. It's up to us - ובחרת בחיים - we must choose life.

    May we not have to endure the lowest level in order to merit the Geula.  May we get there before it reaches that point.  The easiest way to achieve this is to listen to Hashem's voice.
May everyone stay safe and may Hashem protect His people and all good people from both Hurricane Sandy and the rockets coming from sandy Gaza.

6 Comments:

At Mon Oct 29, 03:55:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

B'H

STARS ALSO IMPLIES WE ARE FAR AWAY FROM TORAH !!

SAND IMPLIES WE ARE CLOSE TO TORAH !

WE ALL SHOULD SEE THIS AND THUS KNOW WHAT WE HAVE TO DO !!

pshat yid

 
At Mon Oct 29, 05:45:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shekoacho Ugvoruso Malay Olam


Very interesting image rendered on the weather mape, no? It looks like a question mark. As if the One above Hashem Yisboruch is asking us loudly - SO what are “you” going to do now? It’s obvious to anyone on the spiritual wavelength that the Holy One, blessed be He, Hashem our creator is going all out to get people’s attention with this storm.

But, while they recognize the uniqueness of this situation, they still refuse to see in it Yad Hashem - the hand of Hashem. This should be a reminder of the Dor Hamabul. We live in a corrupt society and Hashem is telling us to do Teshuva. If not I can destroy parts of the world again. Some conspiracy web sites are even claiming “Superstorm Sandy” is man-made, a manifestation of weather wars that was created as a weapon to upset the elections or as an excuse to begin filling up FEMA camps Chas VeSholom.

Among all the preparation lists being handed around, I have yet to see one that included an admonition to pray to Hashem to say Tehilim to improve our Tznius give Tzedokah and no Loshon Hora. It’s up to us - the Jews - the servants of God - to proclaim His Mastery over all that He has created and continues to create at every moment. Please don’t make lite of this post, we have to wake up Moshiach is at our doorstep waiting for us to do Teshuva so he can do his job.

It’s not to late yet. Do yourself a favor & hit the road out of the USA & into Israel before you head into the future COMMUNISM of America that’s where we are heading to. It’s not a joke. Please Google “the new world order” then google “FEMA camps” get educated you’ll be shocked and hopefully understand what’s happening “to us” here in the (US) Golden Medinah. Time IS running out for us.

No Rav/Rebbeh will tell you to run from US, use your brains, same thing happened in Nazi Germany, the Rabonim where thinking about their future, the Rabonim with nice incomes were afraid to loose it. Time to think how to save yourself and your family, no matter what, it will always be better and safer in Eretz Yisroel, even though it won’t be easy street any place in the world, but here in the USA we clearly see the handwriting openly, understand that there is very little time left for us to save our future.

The way things have been going, one day we’ll wake up and be stuck here C”V the doors are going to be locked, SHUT DOWN FOR EVER don’t wait for the last moment look and see what happened in Sedom. I beg you to get hold of you friends parents in-laws wife and kids etc. and explain that the US is coming to an END

Open your eyes & watch on a weekly basis as you get watched more & more & all rights & freedoms are removed from all of US in the USA. i.e. see what’s doing with Rabashkin, the US is about to become a full dictatorship like what communist Russia was combined with the “kindness” of Nazi Germany C”V, what’s with the FEMA camps that the US government built throughout America? With the gas chambers and trains etc. NOW we have to do Teshuva must beg Hashem for the Geulah, very hard time are approaching our way C”Vץ lets have lots of Achudas do Teshuva to be Zocha for the Geulah.

 
At Tue Oct 30, 03:27:00 AM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't you just look at the NAME Sandy -- Alexander. The name comes from: Αλέξω = to protect, to defend + ανήρ = man. TO PROTECT MAN. A contradiction, no?

It is Hashem saying: This is your PROTECTION!

 
At Tue Oct 30, 05:59:00 AM 2012, Blogger no said...

look at the third aliya in this week's vayera.

 
At Tue Oct 30, 06:40:00 AM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Hashem responsible for the hype about "epic" hurricane Sandy?
Newspapers, TV, bloggers, social networkers ... seem to be so impressed that the so often failed "Pseudo-Kabbalistic-Bloggers" try to make something out of this storm.

Every single day motor traffic in the US costs way more lives than this hurricane. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel had 31,811 injuries or deaths in automobile accidents in 2008, a relatively high figure compared with the country's small population of only 7,308,100 according to 2008 statistics from the World Bank.
And nobody tries to look for a hidden message ...
My advice to You: Shut down Your computer for a while, pray and don't loose Your senses!

 
At Tue Oct 30, 06:49:00 AM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate the fact that you are a humble blogger and you explain both this harsh weather in USA but also the rockets flying in from Gaza in Israel. As opose to other bloggers that only post extreme weather conditions, etc. in USA while not posting the extreme dangerous situation in Israel, just because they live in Israel doesnot give them the right to be arrogant towards those that live in chul!!

 

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