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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Should New Orleans Be Rebuilt?

I don't know.

There may, however, be a hint from the first 5 verses in Malachi.

Very interesting is the Radak on verse 4, s.v. וקראו להם גבול רשעה.

Also interesting is the Radak on verse 5, s.v. ואתם תאמרו יגדל השם, which fits in with Rav Kaduri's statement.


At Tue Sep 20, 12:35:00 AM 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At Tue Sep 20, 02:01:00 AM 2005, Blogger Cosmic X said...


You can configure your comments to avoid spam.

BTW, I don't think the prophecy refers to New Orleans.

At Tue Sep 20, 08:15:00 AM 2005, Blogger yaak said...

Cosmic, tell me why not. Is it b/c the verse refers to "Harav" (mountains)?

BTW, Hurricane Rita may follow in New Orleans, fitting in well with the Pesukim. (See Metzudat David on verse 4, as well.)

AP writes:

In New Orleans, the mayor suspended his plan to start bringing residents back to the city after forecasters warned that Rita could follow Hurricane Katrina’s course into the Gulf of Mexico and shatter his city’s already weakened levees.

At Tue Sep 20, 10:16:00 AM 2005, Blogger Akiva said...

Hi Yaak, good to see you back posting again.

At Tue Sep 20, 08:13:00 PM 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you getting the commentary of the Radak online? If so, can you share your source?

At Tue Sep 20, 10:40:00 PM 2005, Blogger yaak said...

Akiva, good to be back.

R' Yaakov, no. I just looked at the Mikraot Gedolot Nach.

The only thing I found online that mentions that Radak is this and copies of it.

Apparently, you can find the Radak here, but my ISP (my company) won't let me see it for some reason.

At Wed Sep 21, 03:50:00 AM 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liked it!

At Wed Sep 21, 09:40:00 AM 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all due respect, trying to tie biblical verses to current events, without direct clear information fron Above is stupid.

At Wed Sep 21, 12:35:00 PM 2005, Blogger yaak said...

With all due respect, trying to tie biblical verses to current events, without direct clear information fron Above is stupid.

No. It's called "Drush". Take it or leave it.

At Wed Sep 21, 01:14:00 PM 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So anybody is qualified to darshen anything they want?

At Wed Sep 21, 02:07:00 PM 2005, Blogger yaak said...

It's done by pulpit rabbis every week in shul.
As I said, take it or leave it. You don't have to believe it.
Of course we're not talking about Darshaning a Pasuk to change Halachot. That ability left us 1500 years ago.

At Wed Sep 21, 04:32:00 PM 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stand by my comment. I said tying it to specific events. The rabbis don't do that. They tie pesukim to general hashkafos, not trying to divine the future. If you've ever seen the christians trying to darshen pesukim to current events you know how wacky it can get. And jews doing it sound just as silly sometimes.

At Wed Sep 21, 11:58:00 PM 2005, Blogger yaak said...

The main difference between the christians and what I'm doing is that I'm basing it not just on the Mikra, but also on the Meforashim, like the Radak.

It sounds silly to you? OK. It doesn't to me. We have a Mahloket Leshem Shamayim.

BTW, I'm not Has Veshalom "divining the future", an Issur De'oraita. I deliberately used the word "may" in the post to show that it's only a possibility that this is what it means.

Also, rabbis most definitely tie Pesukim to specific events. I'm sure you've heard many Pesukim from the Tocheha being tied to the Holocaust. If not, I'll look some up for you.

At Thu Sep 22, 08:18:00 AM 2005, Blogger Cosmic X said...


It wasn't about the mountains. For some reason I just didn't think that Malachi would waste his time to make a prophecy about New Orleans. Just a feeling with no real justification.

Just read the Radak:"כי גדלה רשעתם לפני השם שבגדו באחיהם בני יעקב"

How true!

At Thu Sep 22, 08:48:00 AM 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'It sounds silly to you? OK. It doesn't to me. We have a Mahloket Leshem Shamayim.'

Well, at least you didn't take my comment about the drasha being 'stupid' personally. I'll ask mechila if you did, and I'll substitute the word 'misguided' instead. :) Kesivah Vchasima Tova

PS What does the new feature with the word verification on the bottom accomplish? Just curious.

At Thu Sep 22, 09:43:00 AM 2005, Blogger yaak said...

Of course I didn't take it personally. I'm always open to corrections and Hochaha (see Mishlei 12:1).

Word verification hopefully minimizes spam comments, like the first comment on this post (which I deleted), which occurred before I activated word verification. It's a new feature Blogger provides for this purpose.

Ketiva Vahatima Tova.


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