24 January 2016

Snow and HaShem's Blessings

A BLIZZARD PHENOMENON

A very interesting item concerning the Blizzard, being now called SNOWZILLA,  that has covered a major portion of US Eastern Seaboard:

"The stormed dumped nearly two feet (60 cm) of snow on the Washington area overnight, and then unexpectedly gathered strength as it spun northward and headed into the New York metropolitan area, according to Reuters."

While this could spell hidden messages, 
we should look positively on the SNOW 
as will be elucidated below.

"With the storm persisting through the night, accumulations of between 24 and 28 inches (60 to 71 cm) of snow are expected in New York City, northern New Jersey and western Long Island, with winds gusting to 45 mph (72 kmh), the National Weather Service said. Snowzilla."

Officials said Central Park had 26.8 inches of snow by midnight, making the storm the city’s second-biggest since 1869.


Shoveling Snow thru the Decades is a very cute video from the 1800's to now. [the first of the series of videos is recommended.]

SNOWSTORM GALLERY

VIDEO: Gallery of Snow Storms Since 1880s

Public transportation in New York Metro Area has been put on hold, and the NY Police say they will arrest anyone out on the roads during the MARSHAL LAW enacted in the NY area. zero hedge and NY and Brooklyn under travel ban lockdown under 26 inches of snow.



SNOW AS A BLESSING FROM G–D

Snow a good sign from G–D: Prominent kabbalist Rabbi David Batzri says white flakes falling on Israel are a message to Jewish people that their sins have been forgiven. [...] Rabbis specializing in Kabbalah say that the white flakes of snow have a special meaning as a message from above to the Jewish people that their sins have been forgiven.

Rabbi Yitzhak Batzri, the son of prominent kabbalist Rabbi David Batzri, said [...] on behalf of his father that the snow falling on Israel was "a good sign sent from God."

He explained that while red signifies offenses, white signifies atonement. In the words of Prophet Isaiah, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."

Opportunity for rectification

Rabbi Batzri added that the timing of the snowfall strengthens the matter even more. When synagogues read the "Shemot" Torah portion, began the days of the Shovevim (an acronym for the weekly Torah portions of "Shemot", "Va'era", "Bo", B'Shallach", "Yitro" and "Mishpatim").

During these six weeks, according to Kabbalah, it is customary to torture oneself twice a week (on Mondays and Thursdays) for atonement purposes. The kabbalists torment themselves and pray for snow, which is a sign that the Jewish people's sins are being forgiven and erased," Batzri explained.

"Just like in the Temple, when the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies and pray for the people of Israel's sins to be forgiven, the sign for forgiveness was the scarlet cord that would turn white. The same applies for kabbalists, who after the beginning of the fasting period wait for snow as a sign that God has forgiven the people's sins."

“Who gives snow like flakes of wool, 
Who scatters frost like ashes. … 
Who casts forth His ice like lumps — 
who can stand before His cold?” 
(Psalms 147:16-17)

Another take can be gleaned from Rabbi Avigdor Miller, of blessed memory, from his classic work, “Awake My Glory,” as cited in the Artscroll commentary on the psalms, explaining “that the comparison is not merely for poetic effect; wool and snow have significant similarities. Wool is noteworthy for its quality of insulation, due to the kinky fiber that imprisons the air; thus woolen garments prevent the body’s heat from escaping. The snowflakes are also shaped in such a way that air spaces are created between them when they fall. The enclosed air is an insulation that acts as a blanket to keep the soil warm, so that the frost does not kill insects, earthworms, bacteria, and fungi that cultivate and enrich the soil. Also, the roots and seeds that are to grow in the spring are protected from the freezing temperatures by the snow.”

Rabbi Miller concludes his unique spiritualization of the snow phenomenon by stating the following observation:

“In addition, the white color of the snow has a very specific function, identical with the function of the white wool. Since white reflects the sun’s rays, the whiteness of the snow slows the melting process, thereby benefiting the plants.” [Pages 286--288]

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch [The Hirsch Tehillim Revised Edition, 2014, Feldheim Publishers], in his commentary on this verse, teaches us the following:

“This psalm cites the natural phenomenon of water as an outstanding example to show us how the Law of G-d governs and works within the realm of nature, and to demonstrate the unconditional obedience which all things existing on earth give to that Law simply because they are G-d’s creatures. In order that we may see the swift, devoted obedience with which the water submits to the will and Law of its Creator, we are given here a description of the visible changes through which water goes, ready to fulfill His behest in the form of snow, then frost, then ice, and finally again to its original liquid form.” (Pages 1168-1169)

We should also be cognizant that the next psalm, 148;8 also makes reference to snow, and that both these two psalms are recited every single day of the year, without exception.


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