Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Power of G-d

Man likes to think he's in control.  So many people refuse to believe in G-d.  G-d doesn't murder, but G-d controls nature.

That tornado in Joplin, MO is really something. And again there are volcanic eruptions in Iceland.

For sure, G-d is angry...


Dov Bar-Leib said...

Many years ago I learned that a F-5 or EF-5 tornado had a nickname that tornado chasers came up with all on their own: Etzba Elokim Hu. They call it "The Finger of G-d". Anyway I just posted at

Batya said...

Dov, thanks for the info. It does make sense.

Anonymous said...

Dov, that should be "he" (feminine) - not "hu" (masculine). See Exodus 8:15.

Dov Bar-Leib said...

You are right. It is spelled "hu", but it is pronounced "hi". So whenever this happens, one has to look into the reason why. Perhaps the Maharal mi'Prague discusses this or the Vilna Ga'on.

Tim Shey said...

The tornadoes in the United States is God's judgment for the sin in this country and the fact that Barack Obama is anti-Israel--he wants to give land to the Palestinians.

Here is a good article by Cal Thomas:

"Betraying Israel"

Anonymous said...

Hey, Tim, then why didn't the tornadoes strike Washington DC? What did the people of Joplin do to deserve "G-d's judgement" for the US govt's antagonistic behavior toward Israel?

Can you please list for us an accounting of the judgement logic for every historically recorded tornado which has struck the US ever since records began being kept?

You think you can play god? I don't think so.

Dov, no Maharal needed. "Etzbah" in the singular is masculine. "Etzba'ot" in the plural is feminine.

Anonymous said...

I see Time really does want to play god. Posted on his Blogger profile page:

Matthew 3: 7: "But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?"

What a load of christian mythological crock!

Keli Ata said...

I don't know what to think-G-d's rath, nature, a combination of the two.

JDL London Canada said...

Thanls Batya, I've said the same thing so its not just me. And if Canada had Prime Minister that spoke like obama we'd probably experience the same things.

Thankfully, some leaders here are heeding the call to take a stand for Israel. JDL Director Meir Weinstein has led the fight put out the message.

Meir Weinstein Speaks Against QuAIA

That said, I stormchase when I get the time and I would say that 3 consecutive weeks of tornadic activity on such a major scale is certainly the yad Hashem. There will be more as thing in Israel 'heat' up.

Shy Guy - Hashem rains on the just and the unjust as the pasuk says. The heartland of America got struck and where is America's heart towards Israel as led by obama?? The leadership can bring Hashem's judgment on a nation. Why do you thing there are Jews in the diaspora?

Anonymous said...

Like I said, JDL, just give us your rendition of a divine accounting for all tornadoes recorded in US history.

Good luck!

Dov Bar-Leib said...

Wow, Shy Guy, that is a first. I do not know any other words in Hebrew which are one gender in the singular and the other gender in the plural. I do know of many masculine plural words with the ot ending and feminine plural words with the im ending, but one can see the actual gender of the nouns in the endings of the adjectives that describe them. Oxford dictionary seems to point to etzba as feminine in both the singular and the plural, but Oxford Univ. Press does not know ancient Hebrew. So we are back to square one.

Anonymous said...

Dov, just off the top of my head:

Karkah - Karka'ot.

Shavuah - shavuot.

Makom - mekomot.

Chalon - chalonot.

I am a total ignoramus when it comes to Lashon and Grammar. Maybe someone knows someone who can comment here on this subject.

Hadassa said...

Etzba is feminine, both in the singular an the plural: dictionaries Ben-Yehuda, Even-Shoshan and morfix. The gender of an object never changes. (Just to keep us on our toes there are a few words, like שמש, shemesh, sun that are listed as being both masculine and feminine.)
There are rules, and exceptions to them, concerning the ending of words - e.g. most words ending in ת, thaw are feminine, most words ending in ע, 'ayin are masculine. I was taught in an Ulpan Ivrit about twenty years ago, and I would like this verified/debunked by an expert, that the suffixes im/ot added to a word to make it plural are not determined by any rules, unlike the suffixes used with adjectives: on a adjective "im" always denotes masculine plural and "ot" feminine plural.