The Boston Terror Attack and Geula
The terror attack that occurred in Boston was the first attack on American civilians since 9/11. People lost lives. People were critically injured. People lost limbs. If you notice, the limbs lost were almost all lower extremities.
So, we had an event that was supposed to celebrate the power of one's legs and it turned into a tragedy where many people injured - or even lost - their legs.
It says in Ha'azinu:
Of course, we don't know Hashem's ways. We don't know why an 8-year-old child and others had to die. We don't know why all these people had to lose their legs. It seems so senseless, and yet we know it's not.לִי נָקָם וְשִׁלֵּם לְעֵת תָּמוּט רַגְלָם כִּי קָרוֹב יוֹם אֵידָם וְחָשׁ עֲתִדֹת לָמוֹ.Vengeance is Mine, and recompense, against the time when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that are to come upon them shall make haste.
If there is any positive that we can take from this tragedy, we can possibly believe that it is connected to לעת תמוט רגלם - "the time when their foot shall slip".
The gematria of לעת is 500. It is exactly 500 years since the mainland of the United States was discovered by the first known European - namely, Juan Ponce de Leon, in April, 1513.
The verse implies that when their foot shall slip, the day of calamity to the nations of the world is קרוב - at hand - and the things that are to come upon them shall חש - make haste (as many commentators - like the Rashba"m and Da'at Zekeinim - point out, the word חש is related to בעתה אחישנה). Hashem's vengeance upon the nations is part of the Geula process, ulimately leading up to a rectified world.
Let us hope that we will soon see the feet of the Mevaser and the "feet" of HKB"H on Har Hazeitim.