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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Mercury, Meet Messenger

NASA’s Messenger spacecraft crashes into Mercury

Messenger, NASA’s Mercury-orbiting spacecraft, reached the end of its historic 11-year mission Thursday when it crashed into the little planet closest to the sun.

The spacecraft, which was out of fuel, slipped out of orbit and slammed into Mercury at 3:26 p.m. ET, according to mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md.

Avuderaham (aka AbuDirham) says that when we say in the morning blessing of Yotzer: מצמיח ישועות - "He Who causes salvations to sprout", it corresponds to the Mazal Kochav, the sign of Mercury, as it says דָּרַךְ כּוֹכָב מִיַּעֲקֹב [there shall step forth a star out of Jacob], referring to Mashiah.

Also, the Lekah Tov says on the verse שלח נא ביד תשלח [send, I pray Thee, by the hand of him whom Thou wilt send] that Moshe was asking Hashem to send Mashiah as a שליח - a messenger.  Another Midrash (Pirkei DeRibbi Eliezer, chapter 40) says that this verse refers to Eliyahu Hanavi. And besides, it says regarding Eliyahu הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי שֹׁלֵחַ לָכֶם, אֵת אֵלִיָּה הַנָּבִיא [Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet] as a messenger.

So, we have 2 signs colliding with each other.  Does this tell us anything?


At Thu Apr 30, 10:27:00 PM 2015, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually this happens all the time. It was orbiting Mercury for 11 years, and naturally, ran out of fuel, so it crashed.


At Thu Apr 30, 11:41:00 PM 2015, Blogger yaak said...

Actually, this never happened with Mercury before AFAIK.

At Fri May 01, 12:16:00 AM 2015, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm taking about spacecrafts crashing into planets or asteroids at the end of their mission in general. It's normal

At Fri May 01, 12:54:00 AM 2015, Blogger Neshama said...

I like the inference anyway. Nothing is a coincidence. I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing Eliyahu upon his arrival and announcement!

At Fri May 01, 04:27:00 AM 2015, Blogger Devorah Chayah said...

Yaak, there's no question. The choice of name and destination and timing of its arrival are not a result of chance. Dave has fallen into Amalekian-thinking when he supposes that "naturally-occuring" events are not hidden miracles performed by the hand of the Creator.

At Fri May 01, 04:29:00 AM 2015, Blogger Devorah Chayah said...

Also, the number 11 is highly significant. Rav Pinhas Winston spoke of this extensively after 9/11.

At Fri May 01, 04:34:00 AM 2015, Blogger yaak said...

Devash, that's true. Even eclipses, which do occur at regular intervals, have spiritual meanings and warnings, as the gemara in Sukkah tells us.

Still, this is something much more rare, and for the first time into Mercury.


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