I trod on them in My anger and I trampled them in my wrath...For a day of vengeance is in My heart and the year of My redemption has come. Isaiah 63: 3-4
This past Thursday night, July 14, 2016 which in the Hebrew calendar was 9 Tammuz, 5776, a truck plowed into a crowd in Nice, France during a Bastille Day celebration, trampling and killing more than 80 people and seriously wounding many others.
Has France been "Nice" to the Jews? History says no. On the same night of the Nice massacre, 772 years ago on the 9th of Tammuz, 5004 (1244 CE), the French burned the Talmud. On the same night, they brutally murdered the Baalei Tosephot, history's greatest Talmudic commentators. Any Jew in Paris who was found with any Talmudic volumes in his home was also exiled.
Is it a concidence that the massacre in Nice and the burning of the Talmud as well as the murder of the Baalei Tosephot occurred on the same night in the Hebrew calendar? In Judaism, we don't believe in coincidence. But why now, 772 years later?
According to Isaiah the Prophet, when Hashem begins taking vengeance against the nations for what they did to the Jewish People, the redemption is imminent. The above passage sounds like an exact description of the Nice massacre from this past week. France has become unbearable for the Jews. French anti-Semitism has always been notorious. Hashem says, "Fine - you don't want Jews? Have a taste of ISIS!"
We would all be best-advised - Jews and non-Jews - to open our eyes in emuna and come back to Hashem - the sooner the better.