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Sunday, August 02, 2020

Hurricane Isaias and Nahamu

Isaias — pronounced ees-ah-EE-ahs — has already been destructive in the Caribbean: On Thursday, before it became a hurricane, it uprooted trees, destroyed crops and homes and caused widespread flooding and small landslides in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. One man died in the Dominican Republic. In Puerto Rico, the National Guard rescued at least 35 people from floodwaters that swept away one woman, whose body was recovered Saturday.
 From Haftarat Va'et'hanan - aka Nahamu - from the 40th chapter of Yeshaya:

טו  הֵן גּוֹיִם כְּמַר מִדְּלִי, וּכְשַׁחַק מֹאזְנַיִם נֶחְשָׁבוּ; הֵן אִיִּים, כַּדַּק יִטּוֹל.15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance; behold the isles are as a mote in weight.

And Rashi and Metzudot explain the verse to mean that the islands will be carried and thrown like the wind takes dust.

כד  אַף בַּל-נִטָּעוּ, אַף בַּל-זֹרָעוּ--אַף בַּל-שֹׁרֵשׁ בָּאָרֶץ, גִּזְעָם; וְגַם-נָשַׁף בָּהֶם וַיִּבָשׁוּ, וּסְעָרָה כַּקַּשׁ תִּשָּׂאֵם.  {ס}24 Scarce are they planted, scarce are they sown, scarce hath their stock taken root in the earth; when He bloweth upon them, they wither, and the whirlwind taketh them away as stubble. {S}

Isaias is Yeshayahu in Spanish.  Is it any wonder why the hurricane is called Isaias?

Of course hurricanes with different names occur every year.  This year, bedavka, one is named after Yeshaya Hanavi just as we are starting the 7 haftarot of consolation - all from the book of Yeshaya.  And the words of the prophet are coming to life in real-time.

A sign? 


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