Archive for December, 2010

Mount Carmel Fire in Tanach!

I was just sent an astonishing email that contained Pesukim! However, before I share the verses with you, a little background is necessary. We all know that Jews living from Efrat to Rosh HaNikrah and from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv have all been watching and praying for the Mount Carmel Wildfire to end. Baruch Hashem, it is now under control! Indeed, the world media has covered this story of what has been the most horrific and tragic fire to wreak havoc in the State of Israel. And yet, we know that nothing that happens in this world is simply by chance…and certainly when it comes to events that take place or effect the Land of Israel. Hence, it’s certainly without coincidence that we will read in the Haftorah portion for Ki Sesei the following words that appear in 1 Kings Chapter 18:

וַיִּשְׁלַח אַחְאָב בְּכָל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וַיִּקְבֹּץ אֶת הַנְּבִיאִים אֶל הַר הַכַּרְמֶל
וַתִּפֹּל אֵשׁ יְהֹוָה וַתֹּאכַל אֶת הָעֹלָה וְאֶת הָעֵצִים וְאֶת הָאֲבָנִים
וְאֶת הֶעָפָר וְאֶת הַמַּיִם אֲשֶׁר בַּתְּעָלָה לִחֵכָה:
וַיַּרְא כָּל הָעָם וַיִּפְּלוּ עַל פְּנֵיהֶם וַיֹּאמְרוּ יְהֹוָה הוּא הָאֱלֹהִים
וַיְהִי עַד כֹּה וְעַד כֹּה וְהַשָּׁמַיִם הִתְקַדְּרוּ עָבִים וְרוּחַ וַיְהִי גֶּשֶׁם גָּדוֹל

While I’m not a Prophet, these verses clearly allude to their being a large fire on Mount Carmel that will cause a great amount of damage. In fact, the words describe the power of destruction that this fire will possess in that it will “eat trees”. Indeed,  to date well over 3 million trees have been lost! However, if one continues reading the verses one sees that ultimately from this tragic fire, people will recognize Hashem, and by extension, there will be a great rain fail….

Is it without coincidence that only after the fire is proclaimed to be “in control” and people are really assessing what this fire can teach us about Jewish Unity and soo much more, that the Land of Israel merited its first real rainy day today…?

I think not….!

May we all sieze this moment to ignite our inner fire with the lessons of Kislev and Chanukah to spurn us towards a great showering of spiritual and physical blessings from the Almighty!

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