I've been flooded with emails in the last few hours with people asking me, "Why Texas? The folks of Texas are good people." They're right - the folks of Texas are wonderful people. Miraculously, with this whole giant disaster named Harvey, there are few fatalities. The storm's main damage is to the US oil industry, causing a mind-boggling 35% immediate drop in production. This in turn will affect every American pocket by way of spiking energy prices. Why?
For years, the oil companies - a chunk of which are Arab-owned - have been ripping off America. Not only have their prices been inflated, but on top of that, they enjoy government subsidies.
My esteemed and beloved teacher Rav Shalom Arush just told me that as in the time of Noah, greed and swindling cause floods.
This morning's media reports that nearly every major Texas and Louisiana refinery has been partly or completely shut down because of damage or for safety reasons, suppressing the daily production of at least 2.6 million barrels of refined petroleum products. At least seven major refineries are out of commission, and Morningstar on Tuesday estimated that 11 more refineries, with a combined capacity to produce 1.3 million barrels per day, risked closing, including the Saudi Aramco-Motiva refinery in Port Arthur, Tex., the nation’s largest.
In light of the above, Harvey's prime target seems to be apparent. Don't miss tonight's live broadcast from Jerusalem - there will be a lot more said on the subject.
Current events virtually cry out the truth of the Torah and the prophets. Not only that, but everything that is happening around us is an Elul wake-up call for all of us to come back to Hashem.
Don't miss this evening's timely and vital emuna lesson and broadcast entitled "The Size of a Pinhole", which will take place, G-d willing, in the ground-floor main sanctuary of the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva on 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street in Jerusalem at 7PM Israel time (12 noon EDT); the shiur is open to the public - both men and women are invited. You can see today's lesson here - the broadcast, as well as our lessons posted from now on - are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in on time. If you are not able to view today's broadcast live, then G-d willing, you'll be able to see the video tape of it later this coming week on Lazer Beams.
The new month of Elul began a few days ago (actually, I have no idea how long ago,) but I didn't have a chance to post this incredible video until now. It's a video of thousands of men praying at the Kotel for the first night of Selichot. This is an additional prayer service in which we ask Hashem for forgiveness, both for our personal and collective transgressions. It's said between the time of midnight and sunrise.
We also say it in groups, because Hashem loves unity. He loves when we all act like we actually respect each other and work toward a common cause. When we're unified, Hashem is much more inclined to answer our prayers. It's not like He doesn't want to in the first place! It's just that when we all fight and treat each other like garbage, why should Hashem answer our prayers? We're being bad, bad children!
I can totally relate to Hashem, because when my kids aren't killing each other, I'm more likely to take them fun places and spend way too much money to buy them stuff they really don't deserve.
Sephardim begin saying selichot on the first night of Elul, and Ashkenazim start saying it 10 days before Rosh Hashanah.
In my opinion, we should all be saying it every night, because we got a whole lot to apologize for! (Except for me, of course! NOT!)
Harvey is fast turning out to be a worse disaster that Katrina and Sandy. With dams now overflowing, downtown Houston is now seriously threatened. We pray for the safety of every human being in Houston and surrounding areas. There's no relief in site, since more rain is forecast for the area and Harvey is expected to make another landfall (update, 30 Aug, noon, Israel - it just did) bringing another 24 inches of rain, the return of tropical storm force winds and even higher flood waters.
I feel like a Chassidic Don Qixote, but I must write this anyway: until when will the perverted ideology of political correctness and anti-faith liberalism continue to ignore the hand of the Almighty? How long will people continue to chirp, "natural disaster" then go back to business as usual? This message is not only for Houston, but for all of humanity. Our sages say that he who ignores a disaster that befalls another human being is being cruel to his own family.
Is not Hashem speaking? Look what's in the name, "Harvey":
Earlier this morning, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan’s northern Hokkaido island, activating red-alert sirens and prompting residents to take cover. This is a new and dangerous escalation of the tension that appeared to be calming down in recent days.
What misses the media's attention is that the missile was fired from Pyongyang International Airport, a civilian-populated area. In a devilish flash of cunning, North Korea knows that the USA won't preemptively strike civilian areas. If I'm not mistaken, they got this idea from Hamas. For years, Hamas has been firing missiles at the south of Israel from schools, mosques, hospitals and heavily-populated areas.
Hamas military cooperation with North Korea is a known fact among intel circles. Much of Hamas's tunnel know-how came from North Korea, a veteran tunnel digger and tunnel-warfare specialist. Since these sinister birds of terror flock together, the world is now getting a taste of North Korean treachery with Hamas flavor. It's not so tasty. The closer we get to Rosh Hashana, the faster things will be happening.
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Check out this cute and creative word cloud my friend Feigi made for me! I'm proud to say that now I officially know what a word cloud is. Thanks so much, Feigi!
She took a bunch of words from a few of my latest posts and combined it with her creative genius, and voila! For the first time, I get to have what's probably the most objective look at what's going on in my fascinating brain.
I was looking at this thing for a while, kind of running my eyes over each word, and then, BAM! Emeril came over and started cooking some fake shrimp and kosher chorizo sausage paella.
What I really meant to say was that if I were a psychologist, I would tell myself the following:
-Girl, you're obsessed with food. Obsessed. How many times can you talk about carbs and the ketogenic diet?
And I would respond to myself, "Yes, in fact, I am obsessed."
-You have an awareness of Hashem.
To which I would say, "Praise the Lord!"
-You're completely CRAZY.
"And you're not a very good psychologist. Anyone could have figured that out!"
I sure told her.
So, thanks, Feigi. Now the rest of the world (or at least 5 more people) knows what's really going on my head. Lots of insanity.
Now I'm off to Never Never Land, to fly around with the immodestly dressed fairies and pretend I am still young and single. And rich. Because why not.
Oh, right! There has to be a message here. Let me think....