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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Harvey, Irma, and Jose

HARVEY

Harvey - הארווי - has the same gematria (228) as נבקעו from:

יא  בִּשְׁנַת שֵׁשׁ-מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה, לְחַיֵּי-נֹחַ, בַּחֹדֶשׁ הַשֵּׁנִי, בְּשִׁבְעָה-עָשָׂר יוֹם לַחֹדֶשׁ--בַּיּוֹם הַזֶּה, נִבְקְעוּ כָּל-מַעְיְנֹת תְּהוֹם רַבָּה, וַאֲרֻבֹּת הַשָּׁמַיִם, נִפְתָּחוּ.11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

This was the first stage of the Mabul when the waters just started coming out.  As Rashi points out in the next verse, the beginning rains were rains of mercy.

The number 228 is the halfway point between the gematria of Avraham - אברהם - which is 248 and the gematria of Yitzhak - יצחק - which is 208.  It signifies the transfer from Hessed to Gevurah.  The word נבקעו also denotes a breaking in half.  This is not a merge of the 2, but rather a break from Hesed and going from Hessed to Gevurah.

Hurricane Harvey was earlier a tropical storm, then a tropical depression, and then was even downgraded to a tropical wave early on August 20th.  Then, on August 23rd, a well-defined center began to form and it quickly became a tropical storm, then a hurricane, and then eventually a powerful category 4 hurricane.  This is the transfer from Hessed to Gevurah.

Other examples of the Shoresh בקע denoting this transfer:

  • Eliezer giving Rivka a gold nose-ring which was: בקע משקלו [half a shekel weight].  This was the servant of Avraham (Hessed) giving Kiddushin to Rivka in order to marry Yitzhak (Gevurah).
  • Shemot 14:16Tehillim 78:13 and Nehemia 9:11 talk about the splitting of the Red Sea in terms of בקע.  This was the last act of Yetziat Mitzrayim (Hessed) on the way toward Kabbalat Hatorah (Gevurah).


IRMA

Irma - אירמה - has the same gematria (256) as גברו מאד from:

יט  וְהַמַּיִם, גָּבְרוּ מְאֹד מְאֹד--עַל-הָאָרֶץ; וַיְכֻסּוּ, כָּל-הֶהָרִים הַגְּבֹהִים, אֲשֶׁר-תַּחַת, כָּל-הַשָּׁמָיִם.19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high mountains that were under the whole heaven were covered.

This is the Mabul at full strength with an act of Gevurah (as in the word גברו).

Hurricane Irma is currently a Category 5 Hurricane and is the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record.  At this point, only Hashem knows where landfall will occur if it does indeed occur.  We pray that lives will be spared.


JOSE

Jose - חוזה (see Bing) - has the same gematria (26) as Hashem's name.

Yud-Kay-Vav-Kay denotes Hashem's Middat HaRahamim, which is a fusion of both Hessed and Gevurah.  It is still too early to tell what will happen with Tropical Storm Jose, which will likely become a hurricane.  We hope for mercy.

The name Jose also comes from Joseph, or Yosef, who was very connected to Yaakov Avinu (גוף וברית חד הוא), who is associated with this Middat HaRahamim.

In addition, it's possible to say that by Hashem showing His power with 3 strong storms in a row, He is publicizing His name - with the same gematria as the final storm - throughout the world.

Finally, the word חוזה means "seer" or "forecaster".  Perhaps, this is to show that these storms are a חזון - a vision - for some interesting things to come.

13 Comments:

At Wed Sep 06, 02:27:00 PM 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just came to my mind H I J = Hashem Is Just!

 
At Wed Sep 06, 03:19:00 PM 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Around 125 years ago, a man named Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler zt”l said the following:

“Through the destruction of the kingdom of Edom (i.e. America), the kingdom of Heaven arises and is revealed... When HaKadosh Baruch Hu brings the world to a point where the foundations of civilization collapse – peace of mind will be disturbed, individual life will be filled with worry, fear, and suffering* and the whole world will be under threat of ruin and destruction – then it will become clear to all that man’s arrogance and pride in his supposed progress and conquest of nature have led him only to perdition; then comes the emptiness, the spiritual void, of life dedicated to worldly gain... and then the light of Mashiach will be revealed, ‘and deliverers shall ascend Mount Zion to judge the mountain of Eisav’ and all shall see the downfall and destruction of the Kingdom of Edom. As our Sages taught: ‘Mashiach sits at the gate of Rome’ (Sanhedrin 98a). As Maharal explains (Netzach Yisrael, chapter 28), this refers to the end of Edom’s period of domination. Only when men come to see the futility and emptiness of a life dedicated to This World, will they be enabled to rise to a spiritual outlook... and the light of Mashiach will be revealed” (Michtav M’Eliyahu volume 3, Golus v’Geulah, pages 204 – 205 ‘ירידתה של מלכות אדום’).

 
At Wed Sep 06, 03:26:00 PM 2017, Blogger Devorah said...

Great post Yaak, wow.

 
At Wed Sep 06, 03:40:00 PM 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TAKE IT SERIOUSLY
Roy Neuberger - Apr. 07, 2017

...We as a Nation were almost completely assimilated in Mitzraim. Then Hashem decided it was time to extricate our ancestors from that spiritual cesspool because He was about to give us His Torah. We had to be separated from impurity to receive it, but we were not able to extricate ourselves because we were up to our nostrils in the pollution, holding at mem-tes shaare tumah. Therefore, Hashem had to destroy – I repeat: “destroy” – that nation in order to enable His Children to free themselves from the tumah in order to ascend to Har Sinai.

“Ma’ase avos siman l’banim.” Or, to put it another way, in the words of Rabbi Elchonen Wasserman zt”l, “Several times I heard from the holy Chofetz Chaim that we can learn about the end of our exile from what happened... in Egypt...” (Quoted in Redemption Unfolding by Alexander Aryeh Mandelbaum, page 78. See also Sefer Meir Einei Yisroel volume 2 by Yisrael Meir HaKohein, page 460)

What this seems to teach us is that the end of our own contemporary Exile will replicate events in Biblical Mitzraim. In other words, Hashem will desire once again to give us the Torah, but we may once again be submerged in a powerful foreign culture. That means that Hashem may once again have to do what He did then, namely, destroy that culture so that there is nothing left for His Children to cling to which will prevent us from embracing His Torah “with all our heart and all our souls and all our resources.”

This may mean that the entire world and culture and society in which almost all Jews live today, whether it is the Western World or the Islamic World, may be destroyed so that we are forced to detach ourselves from it, the way our ancestors were forcibly detached from Mitzraim.

I do not think that we are understanding this. It is a huge thing to process, but if in fact it happens – and I am not “advocating” anything; I am just reporting what may be happening – then every single person’s life will hang in the balance and the only determinant of whether we survive will be whether we are loyal to Hashem, just as the only Jews who survived in Biblical Mitzraim were those who were loyal to the Mission of Moshe Rabbeinu (http://bit.ly/2eLshMo).

 
At Wed Sep 06, 03:46:00 PM 2017, Blogger Devash said...

How do you figure representing the "J" of Jose with a ח? And then equating it with Yosef which has no ח?? Just trying to follow the logic.

 
At Wed Sep 06, 03:56:00 PM 2017, Blogger yaak said...

It's not contradictory. One is the Hebrew origin. One is the Hebrew transliteration.

 
At Wed Sep 06, 05:52:00 PM 2017, Blogger yaak said...

I can't keep up with em - apparently, there's now a Hurricane Katia too!

 
At Wed Sep 06, 06:01:00 PM 2017, Blogger yaak said...

Rav Fish talks about the hurricanes too.

 
At Thu Sep 07, 01:04:00 AM 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The current water and wind natural disasters are just the links with the previous destruction of the world. They are preludes to more devastated events based of אש - fire and wind. Amri (the reverse of Irma). Soon. Rami

 
At Thu Sep 07, 02:21:00 AM 2017, Blogger Cosmic X said...

"Come, behold the works of the LORD, who hath made desolations in the earth." (Psalms 46:0)

 
At Thu Sep 07, 04:41:00 AM 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

friendly commentator says:
4x4x4x4= 256

 
At Thu Sep 07, 07:18:00 AM 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, at the End of Days, HaShem has empowered Yishmael to kill a large number of rashas, before being annihilated himself. The huge natural disasters in the Atlantic areas are induced. There are thousands of scientists held prisoners in Saudi Arabia working to produce weapons of mass destruction. They are recruited from all over the world, generally single, being tempted by big salaries. Once they arrive, their passports are held, sign contracts for many years, in time are given 2-3 wives to sweeten their luxury prison. There isn't any chance that such scientists will ever escape, those who don't listen are simply killed. So, take note Yisrael, you have a powerful adversary! There are even Jewish prisoners of such sort. Those Jews who disappeared over the years may be in Saudi Arabia working for rashas. Rami

 
At Fri Sep 08, 07:38:00 AM 2017, Blogger CDG, Yerushalayim, E"Y Shlemah said...

To Devash RE: "Just trying to follow the logic."...

To elaborate on Rav Yaak's explanation: Transliteration into Spanish. A lot of non-Jewish Spanish speakers (perhaps primarily in the Americas; I have heard this more from them) pronounce J (pronounced "hota" in Spanish) gutterally, more like a כ or a ח, and we can interpret/transliterate it depending on whether we pronounce them differently, like Sephardim, or don't, like Ashkenazim - or maybe disregarding that issue and lumping them together. I live near Machon Meir; they have divrei Torah in at least 4 languages, including Spanish. All of them transliterate, and I can get one and confirm whether or not the Spanish one transliterates ח or כ, or both, as J.

One example of כ: baruj = ברוך

I hope this helps, for now.

 

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