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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Angels See Life and Death

I just recently learned the Me'am Lo'ez about the היכלות (palaces) and that the third palace has an appointed angel with the Angel of Life on his right and the Angel of Death on his left.

The Los Angeles Angels have had quite a week. First, a couple of Angels see a man commit suicide, falling to his death in Manhattan. Then, they see Rabbi Avi Weiss's wife saved from choking by an Iraq War vet at an Angels-Yankees game in New York. Well, I don't know if the Angels saw it, but apparently, many people did.
As the choking woman began to turn blue, the attention of fans turned from Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez to the rescuer in a Don Mattingly jersey performing the Heimlich maneuver in the stands.

Rabbi Weiss was very appreciative, and referred to another angel:
Rabbi Weiss said other people rushed to help his wife. "People tried very hard to do the Heimlich maneuver, but it just wasn't working and it was getting desperate," he said. "Suddenly this kind of Elijah figure appeared from nowhere. He knew exactly what to do."

Eliyahu is the Malach Haberit - the angel of the covenant (of circumcision). Hashem sent His Mal'ach (messenger/angel) to do His will.

Update: VIN reports:
Rabbi Weiss' Rebbetzin Reunited With Her Angel


She insisted that Stone was heaven-sent.

"God sent me an angel," said Weiss, noting that her unassuming hero was blushing over the praise.


At Thu Apr 15, 07:35:00 PM 2010, Blogger Neshama said...

Nice post!
Why didn't Avi Weiss ask the angel when Moshiach was coming?


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