Friday, February 15, 2013

Jewish Community in Chelyabinsk Hit By Meteor


fjc.ru:

“We heard a huge blast, everybody started running, there was panic,” said Rabbi Meir Kirsch, the FJC’s representative in Chelyabinsk, Russia. “Many glass windows in the Synagogue exploded; we ran outside and were told it’s a meteor from space.”

The blast that occurred early this morning happened while the Jewish community was gathered in the Synagogue for the morning services.

One of the members, who ran outside immediately, discovered when he came back that his seat had been hit and damaged by a very large shard of sharp glass. “I could have been there, it’s a true miracle” he said.

The Synagogue’s beautifully designed windows and some of the furniture were severely damaged and are in urgent need of repair in order to block the freezing wind and snow blowing in and disturbing the community’s ongoing activities.

To help restore the Synagogue press here => http://fjc.ru/donate/?city=chelyabinsk

5 Comments:

At Fri Feb 15, 12:42:00 PM 2013, Blogger Genoism said...

wow that's crazy. If that doesn't scream to the community there as a warning from hashem to shape up, then I don't know what will....especially if i was the guy that came back to see a shard in my seat...i'd be scared for the rest of my life that hashem is warning me of a not so pleasant eternal hell...

 
At Sat Feb 16, 03:06:00 PM 2013, Blogger Neshama said...

They should shape up and get out! Why are they still there?

 
At Sat Feb 16, 05:15:00 PM 2013, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Methinks that this entire affair of being the first meteorite shower in 5773 Spring season is a microcosmic demonstration that when the nations of the world are judged at this time, Jews should not be in those places being judged anymore. But who else will figure that out too? Those who want to stay wherever they are in this dying world are going to stay through H-ll, high water, fire, hail, and meteorites.

 
At Fri Feb 22, 09:02:00 AM 2013, Blogger in the vanguard said...

A great miracle happened there. And thank YOU for this Pirsuma Nissa!

 
At Mon Mar 25, 11:37:00 AM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Genoism,

While you are well meaning, what you posted is (to the extent of my knowledge) not exactly the Jewish way of looking at things. Please read with an open mind. I will explain:

1. First of all, we do not run Hashem's books and records, and do not know why Hashem does something.

2. Veamech Kulam Tsadikim, we have no right to say that Hashem's aimed pain and suffering at any one community/person or another community. One is only allowed to justify Hashem's ways as it applies to each persons' own pain and suffering, not someone else's.

3. There are other ways to look at this, which I would argue one should consider. Perhaps Hashem was showing this Yid his love to him, to the extent that he performed a revealed miracle?? How does a revealed miracle represent a ticket to hell?

4. The general Jewish attitude is not, why did it happen, but what are we going to do about it! There are times that Hashem may create disasters, just to create Zchus for Klal Yisrael, when they reach out to each-other, and perform acts of Chesed. Case in point: The Talmud (Tractate Baba Basra 10a) states: That Turnusrupus Harasha asked Rabbi Akiva, "If your God loves the poor, why does he not feed them" Rabbi Akiva responded "So we may be saved from the judgement of Hell"...

So yes, Hashem creates poor, but what does he want from us? Feed them! So the Jewish attitude is:

1. Someone is poor feed him!
2. 6 Million die in the holocaust? We now need to fill their void and learn extra Torah, perform extra Mitsvot to make up for their void.
3. A disaster strikes, creates a million homeless, build a million houses, make a million sandwiches.

A recent example was Hurrucaine Sandy, one could not imagine, the amount of goodness and kindness from one Yid to another, I can attest to that, having myself lived in the disaster zone.

A friend of mine, whom's entire employment place was destroyed, hence lost his job, was not busy looking for new work, but was busy setting up soup kitchens to feed the hungry, on and on and one.. most of this was not even published anywhere, and is largely acts of true 'Lishma' Chesed.

The workings of Hashem are beyond human comprehension, as the Navi writes "My thoughts are no yours, said hashem" or in another passage (Psalms 145) "and his wisdom is beyond investigation".

Me Keamcha Yisroel.

May all of Klal Yisroel have a Happy Pesach, and may we all be redeemed by Moshiach Tzidkeinu and merit to sacrifies the Korban Pesach today in the 3rd Beis Hamikdosh.

 

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