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Thoughts On Hurricane Sandy


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Time will tell and only God knows how everything will turn out in this sad chapter. And while we cannot reverse or obliterate what has been decreed upon us, we can and must do whatever we can to soften its physical and spiritual blow. May we witness the fulfillment of that poignant prayer we recite every Monday and Thursday:

אחינו כל בית ישראל הנתונים בצרה ובשביה,העומדים בין בים ובין ביבשה,

Our brethren who are in despair and crisis, who stand whether on land or in the sea. That is the standard translation of this part of the pasuk. But we can interpret it homiletically to describe our situation- we stand between the land and the sea, geographically and emotionally

המקום ירחם עליהם ויוציאם מצרה לרווחה, ומאפילה לאורה השתא בעגלא ובזמן קריב”

May Hakadosh Baruch Hu take them (and us) from despair to joy, from darkness to light, speedily in our time.

About the Author: Rabbi Ariel Rackovsky is the rabbi of the Irving Place Minyan, a new Modern Orthodox Community in Woodmere, New York. He is a graduate of Yeshiva College and YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.


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One Response to “Thoughts On Hurricane Sandy”

  1. Carina Carantes says:

    DECREED, DECLARED FROM MY CHURCH GOVERNANCE:
    @SLONE IS A CURSED DEAD GLOBAL TRASVESTITE WHORE, ESTABLISHED, DECREED, DECLARED AND HAS MANIFESTED IN HEAVEN, EARTH, EVERYWHERE ELSE FOREVER AND NOW BECAUSE @SLONE LIED TO THE HOLY SPIRIT WHICH IS BLASPHEMY, IS UNFORGIVABLE AND @SLONETOUCHED THE ANOINTING IN MY LIFE IN JESUS’ NAME THROUGH YOU MST HIGH GOD THE FLAME THROUGH YOUR POWER HOLY GHOST.

    #tcot DECLARED, DECREED FROM MY PROPHETIC OFFICE : WOE TO@SLONE COMMITTED BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT WHICH IS UNFORGIVABLE, ####BOOM!

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Usually, when I begin a speech, I start with something interesting, lighthearted or funny – to get your attention and lead into the speech itself. Permit me to deviate from that this week, because there is nothing funny, lighthearted or interesting about what so many of us are experiencing, and if not us, than our friends, loved ones and neighbors, and if not them, than people a few miles away from us in Long Beach or Far Rockaway who have lost everything to 14 foot waves, or a little farther away where helpless Senior Citizens are living without water or power in high rises on the Lower East Side.

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