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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ki Esh Kadeha Be'api and North Korea

Devarim 32:22:

כב  כִּי-אֵשׁ קָדְחָה בְאַפִּי,  {ר}  וַתִּיקַד עַד-שְׁאוֹל תַּחְתִּית;  {ס}  וַתֹּאכַל אֶרֶץ וִיבֻלָהּ,  {ר}  וַתְּלַהֵט מוֹסְדֵי הָרִים.  {ס}22 For a fire is kindled in My nostril, and burneth unto the depths of the nether-world, and devoureth the earth with her produce, and setteth ablaze the foundations of the mountains.

A few thoughts about this verse and the times in which we live:
  • BIN quotes Rabbi Sprecher that this is the 5777th verse in the Torah.
  • President Trump recently warned North Korea of "Fire [אש] and fury [באפי]".
  • Rav Nahmani ZT"L noted many years ago that this verse is directly related to Korea with "שאול" referring to Seoul.
  • Rav Fish Shlit"a noted a few years ago that the 70 lines of Shirat Ha'azinu plus the "top" of Ha'azinu (the group of 6 lines preceding it) plus the "bottom" of Shirat Ha'azinu (the group of 6 lines following it) make 72.  The 27th and 30th of Av will be the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  (And Trump's rhetoric echoed Truman's.)
    • This verse spans both columns of Shirat Ha'azinu in a Sefer Torah.  It starts at the bottom of the first column and concludes at the top of the second column, thereby connecting the 72 "lines":
      As I noted a couple years ago, the Ramban says that the entire history of mankind is contained within Shirat Ha'azinu.  Perhaps a new chapter of the history of mankind is hinted to by the verse which connects its 2 columns.
  • The Sifrei's second explanation on this verse interprets it as devouring the whole world and setting ablaze the 4 kingdoms, which would make the act that follows the arrival of Mashiah.

May Hashem save His people from all harm and may we soon see the Final Redemption, Amen.

4 Comments:

At Thu Aug 10, 08:18:00 PM 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read these two articles:

"The Three Speeches – Do I Have to Listen to Them?":
www.sefaria.org/sheets/74839

"Tests, Suffering and Torah":
www.sefaria.org/sheets/44390

 
At Thu Aug 10, 10:06:00 PM 2017, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Plus, the word Kadchah, קָדְחָה, does not mean kindled. Kindled is simply not a good translation of that word. The transitive form (with a direct object form) of that verb is in Pi'el, Kidchah, means to drill or to bore a hole. If Kadcha is the intransitive form of that same verb (as pa'al often is) with no direct object, it would mean to be a drill. So it would mean "For a fire became like a drill in My nostril." Or even better, "For a fire burst forth like a drill in my nostril". The verse seems to insinuate that this fire would burst forth like a drill and bore a hole down to She'ol, or Se'oul, setting it ablaze. As one might expect, Shirat Ha'Azinu is very poetically expressive. It seems to portray a missile of fire bursting forth from G-d's nostril blowing up its intended destination of She'ol or Se'oul. May the souls of five or ten million people cry out to be saved from this horror.

 
At Thu Aug 10, 10:17:00 PM 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Around 125 years ago, a man named Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler zt”l said the following:

“The destruction of Edom [at the end of our last exile - i.e. America] will only come through the destruction of this world [as we know it]. The Holy One will cause the very foundations of life on earth to collapse. Tranquility will be disrupted, personal lives will be filled with worry, fear and suffering* and the entire world will cower in dread of destruction and devastation... Only then will the light of the Messiah be revealed... ‘and the saviors shall go up to Mount Tzion to judge the mountain of Esau...’” (Michtav M'Eliyahu volume 3, Galus V'Geulah, pages 204–205 "ירידתה של מלכות אדום").

*The posuk says, “You will [literally] go insane from the sight of your eyes that you will see (Devarim 28:34), amongst the nations you will not be tranquil, there will be no rest for the sole of your foot; there Hashem will give a trembling heart, longing of eyes and suffering of soul” (ibid. 28:65)

I think all of us experience these pesukim in our lives.

 
At Fri Aug 11, 12:58:00 PM 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Rav dov says: "For a fire burst forth like a drill in my nostril. It portrays a missile of fire bursting forth from G-d's nostril blowing up its intended destination".
This is how Mashiakh works,uttering words of power. By now he is empowered by Hashem to take lead of events.
It will be a moment when fear will spread all over the world. That will cleanse humanity. The Tower or Bavel (manmade human rights) will collapse. The remnants of mankind will never again rise other Tower of Bavel. Ad matay the transgression? Ki esh ... Rami

 

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