Wednesday, October 31, 2012

When the Weather is News-- Sandy Has a Temper Tantrum and G-d's Power

I've been trying to find out what is happening with my many family and friends on the American east coast. Some people have made contact by plugging their smartphones into the car's power supply, because their homes no longer have any.  The following pictures were sent by one.

That fallen tree reminds me that another New Yorker wrote in that she managed to get a last minute "tree pruning" just before Sandy hit.  That saved them.

Here in the HolyLand, winter is entering more gently with the winter crocus and olives ripe for the picking.  That's the way it should be.

Should Americans take it as a wake-up call that G-d sent the hurricane just before Presidential elections?  Well, you'd have to have a strong belief in G-d or god for that. 

It's over forty years since I made the big move from Long Island, New York to Israel and over thirty years since we moved to Shiloh.  Maybe my memory is faulty, but I don't remember any storms, hurricanes like that in the score years I had lived in New York.  In my memory, hurricanes and Florida were connected.  We had some thunderstorms in the 1950's and 1960's, but we never lost electricity, except for that big blackout in the mid-1960's.  Only after I moved to Israel did my parents suffer the flooding in the house that required a special pump.

Major precipitation was mostly the March blizzards, which were fun for kids, since school would be closed and we'd be able to play in the pristine snow until it was slushy and melted enough for transportation to return to normal.

Hurricanes and ice storms were unknown to New Yorkers.

Chazal, our Torah sages, teach us that the weather in the Land of Israel is connected to how well we obey G-d's commandments.  Does this apply to the weather all over the world?  I can't say for sure.

My understanding is that the Laws of Nature are for the rest of the world, and the Laws of G-d rule here in Eretz Yisrael.

If that's the case then there really is some human cause to the changes in the weather throughout the world.  If so, it's connected to evolution of sorts.  Yes, evolution happens, even if you count the world as we know it as being 5773 years old, the year we have on the Jewish Calendar.

And remember that G-d does control life and death wherever and whoever you are.  You can't just opt out of His Power by not believing in Him.


Anonymous said...

"Here in the HolyLand, winter is entering more gently"

It's boiling hot here and not a drop of rain.

Might as well be early September.

Batya said...

Shy, it has rained already. On Friday I had to rush my wash in. We always have a hot spell after the first rain.

Anonymous said...

Batya, I can remember decades ago when super heavy rains used to come regularly right after Succot and the temperatures dropped to the bone-chill levels. There were no "hot spells" back then.

Batya said...

Shy, it wasn't every year. Considering the sinning, we really can't expect G-d to give us more rain.