Dreaming of Moshiach

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Tragedies, Catastrophies, and Chaos

Yesterday, while watching the news, the news announcer was talking about recent catastrophes. In the background, there was a big screen split into 6 sections, displaying 6 different catastropic stories simultaneously:
1. Hurricane Dean
2. Airlines plane catches fire
3. Utah coal mine cave-in
4. Oklahoma flooding
5. Peru Earthquake
6. Ohio and Minnesota Midwest flooding

As I was watching the news, I realized that HaShem issued all 4 capital death penalties in one day. The four types of capital punishment, known as Mitat Bet Din (execution by the rabbinic court), were for crimes such as idolatry, adultery, several forms of incest, and murder. Once the Bet Din reaches its decision, the verdict is carried out:

S'kila - stoning (coal mine, earthquake)
Srefa - burning (plane catches fire)
Hereg - decapitation (flooding, typhoon, tsunamies, hurricanes, etc.)
Chenek - strangulation (coal mine, earthquake, and flooding)

Something to think about...

When terrible tragedies and chaos happens to us, we must realize that HaShem is sending us a clear message to do Teshuva. When we turn our tragedies into opportunities for deeper spiritual connection, careful introspection about our actions, and greater commitment to HKB'H, then we may find the Divine spark of compassion and hope in our darkest times.

Chazal says that at the "End of Days" if we do not repent on our own, Hashem will force us to repent so He can bring about the Final Redemption. He does this because He is a merciful G-d, who wants us to repent so we can attain the ultimate reward.

אבינו מלכנו החזירנו בתשובה - Our Father, Our King, return us in Teshuva - AMEN.




והיה השם למלך על כל הארץ, ביום ההוא יהיה השם אחד - ושמו אחד ישתבח שמו לעד לנצח נצחים בכל העולמות Blessed is His name for eternity in all worlds אין עוד מלבדו