Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The Visions of the Prophets come to life

Have you ever seen the Hand of G-d (figuratively speaking) manifest itself in the world?

Have you ever been privileged to witness the visions of the Prophets coming to life before your very eyes?

Well, if not, that is all about to change.

Arutz 7 reports PA Farmers in Gaza: How Do Those Israelis Do It?
After years of producing bug-free lettuce and other vegetables for Jewish farmers, the sands of Gaza have reverted to their old ways. PA farmers report failure in keeping the bugs away.

The Jews who first arrived in Gaza some 30 years ago were repeatedly told by the Arabs who welcomed them that the land was "cursed"...

Ma'yan Yadai, a 27-year-old mother of two who was thrown out of Gush Katif said,
"It is difficult for me to believe that this obviously blessed area is the very same area that our Moslem neighbors called the ‘cursed land’ of El G’erara. They have told me that nobody lived in this area from the time that the last Jews left because there was not enough rain, and nothing could grow properly. They were happy when the Jews returned because the rain started again, and the land began to produce."

Now, let us compare this with the words of the Torah and our Prophets who speak of what will befall the Land of Israel at the times when the Jewish People will not be living upon her, having been exiled, as was the case of Gush Katif:
* "So devastated will I leave the land that your enemies who live there will be astonished... Your land will remain desolate and your cities in ruins." (VaYikra 26:32-33)

* "Future generations - your own descendants who will arise after you, as well as the foreigners who will come from distant lands - shall see the calamities of this land, and the ills with which G-d has struck it... Nothing can be planted and nothing can grow - not even a blade of grass..." (Devarim 29: 21-22)

* "And I shall make the land a desolate waste, so that its proud strength will cease, and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate; no one will cross them. Then they shall know that I am a G-d, when I make the land a desolate waste..." (Yechezkel 33: 28-29)

Let us now look at the words of the Torah and our Prophets, which speak of how the Land of Israel will rejoice upon the return of her children (as was the case with Gush Katif 30 years ago):
* "I will open up rivers on the bare heights and fountains in the broad valleys. I will turn the desert into a pool of water and the dry ground into springs of water. In the desert I will place cedars, acacia trees, myrtles and pines... In order that they may see and know, pay heed and understand together that G-d's hand did this, the Holy One of Israel created it." (Yishyahu 41: 18-20)

* "As for you, O' mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and bear your fruit, for My people Israel, for their return is close at hand. For behold, I am with you, and I shall return to you; then you shall be tilled and sewn... I shall cause you to be inhabited as in your former times, and I will make you even more bountiful than you were in your beginnings. You shall know that I am G-d." (Yechezkel 36: 8-11)

* "As long as Israel does not dwell on its Land, the Land does not give her fruits, as she is accustomed. When she will begin to reflourish, however, and give of her fruits, this is the clear sign that the end - the time of the Redemption - is approaching, when all of Israel will return to their Land." (Maharsha)

I have no doubt that there will be those who will find other reasons to explain how it is that a Land - a desert - that had flourished under the Jewish People for over 30 years has suddenly become desolate and barren - not willing to give of her fruits. Yet, for those of us who have not been cursed to view the world through the eyes of a skeptic, behold the power of the Hand of G-d, and the truth of His Torah and Prophets.

May we merit to witness the return of the Jewish People to all parts of their Land and be blessed to partake of her fruits - and to enjoy them in peace and tranquility as we anticipate the Redemption.
"But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid." (Micah 4:4)

Hat Tip: Jameel of The Muqata)



15 Comments:

Wow! Suddenly I am convinced! Praise the Lord Hallelujah!
This obviously has nothing to do with the propaganda of the settlers, but everything to do with G-d's guiding hand. How could i have not seen that earlier. It is impossible to think that this settler woman might lie about the Palestinians' desparately welcoming the settlers. It is impossible to believe that this religious woman tailored her words so that it would seem that the biblical prophecy came true. And it is impossible to believe that the reason for the difference in produce between the Settlers' and the Palestinians' crops was something to do with the fact that it took the settlers 30 years to turn a profit, throughout the whole of that time they were hugely subsidised by the israeli government and the Palestinians are now starting from scratch - that obviously has nothing to do with it. It is clearly the hand of G-d - how did i not see it earlier?

Ze'ev - stay on this planet, please. We would miss you.

By Anonymous H, at Wed Dec 14, 12:22:00 PM GMT+2  

Palestinians are starting from scratch.

The only problem with a statement like that is that among the crops the Palestinians are currently having problems with are those planted by the settlers just days before they were expelled.

The Arabs were given the hothouses and crops on a silver platter.

You've already left orbit.

By Blogger Joe Settler, at Wed Dec 14, 02:40:00 PM GMT+2  

H: Can you please show me any examples of Palestinian ingenuity over the past 100 years?

Drip agriculture?

Nobel prizes (excluding Arafat's -- you can also cancel out Peres and Rabin's)

Medical advances?

Architecture?

Where is their contribution to humanity, save perfecting the human bomb?

By Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata, at Wed Dec 14, 04:28:00 PM GMT+2  

Can you show me any contributions to society from Liberia? Or Sierra Leone? Or Ethiopia? Or Sudan? Or Eritrea? Or any of the other countries who have been racked by war, poverty and violence.

Did i try and pretend that the Palestinians were creative geniuses? No - my point was this. Had anyone heard of Gaza's miraculous veggies before say 1985? And yet, the settlements had already been there 10 years!!!! And hold on a second - so the Gaza veggies were a huge export for Israel. Were they worth the sizeable part of the defense budget spent on protecting the 7000 inhabitants of the settlements who were surrounded by over 1 million hostile palestinians. No - absolutely not!!!!!!

I understand that Ze'ev, and Joe and Jameel all believe that G-d wants us to be in Aza, and Yehuda and the Shomron - I get that. You don't however have to pretend that it is actually in the benefit of the average secular israeli for us to be there. There is no point in lying and pretending that the business in Aza was unique in its money making potential and G-d is now punishing the Palestinians.

We get it - according to you guys, G-d wants us there, and the hitnatkut was a sin. Stick to that story, don't try and convince us with rational argument, because there is none which supports a continuation of war over an attempt at peace.

H

By Anonymous H, at Wed Dec 14, 06:06:00 PM GMT+2  

Oh as for Palestinian contributions to society:

Edward Said - vile antiSemite (and questionably palestinian) but brilliant scholar.

El Funoun - a world famous dance troupe.

Walid Badir - Israeli Palestinian (Arab of Israel) who so nearly got Israel to the World Cup finals.

Mahmud Darwhish - a world famous poet who has been taught in Israeli schools.

But as I said I would not expect a great deal of artistic creativity from a people which is so young, and which throughout its existence has been plagued by issues connected to securing its existence and viability.

By Anonymous h, at Wed Dec 14, 06:15:00 PM GMT+2  

Pop quiz time: Which apartheid supporting racist poet (and citizen of a nation so young it didn’t even exist as an idea a mere 100 years ago) wrote: "Dig up your dead, take their bones with you and Leave from OUR Land." and “Live wherever you like, but do not live among us / It is time for you to be gone”.

By Blogger Joe Settler, at Wed Dec 14, 08:12:00 PM GMT+2  

Whenewver Jews were expelled from a land, the land ceased to bring fourth propduction.

By Anonymous Hillel, at Wed Dec 14, 10:21:00 PM GMT+2  

Hey Joe,

I know it was a rhetorical pop quiz, but the answer is Darwhish.

and Haim.... the only reason Darwhish is included in teh curriculum is because then-education minister yossi sarid and his cohorts wanted to show the world that they hate themselves (for being Jews) even more than the Arabs hate the Jews.

It's really sad that we have reached this point in history.

By Blogger Jerusalemcop, at Thu Dec 15, 07:06:00 AM GMT+2  

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By Blogger Jerusalemcop, at Thu Dec 15, 07:15:00 AM GMT+2  

ah one more thing Haim,

Said used so many lies in his writings (even about his own identity), I would hardly call him a great scholaror his work even scholarly. If a Jew who mimicked Said's "style" of writing (lying), he would be denouced all over the world as a fraud and a liar.

Thats really screwed up

You should check out some of Justus Weiner's writings about the lies Said spread about himself and his "nation"
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/991691/posts

By Blogger Jerusalemcop, at Thu Dec 15, 09:09:00 AM GMT+2  

"jerusalemcop"?

Where were you during the expulsion?

By Blogger Joe Settler, at Thu Dec 15, 09:11:00 AM GMT+2  

Where do u think I was? I was out protesting with the rest of the true believers in Eretz Yisrael HaSleima.

18 months before the Hitnatkut, they announced to us in the force that we would probably be responsible for evacuating Settlers. They even began training us for it back then.

At that point I knew that the Israeli Police Force was no longer for me and within a few months, I quit and found a job in which I could make a positive difference for the future for our nation and the world.... (and one that wouldn't make me want to throw up just thinking about what was being done)

By Blogger Jerusalemcop, at Thu Dec 15, 09:40:00 AM GMT+2  

In his first trip to space, Yuri Gagarin reportedly said, "I don't see any god up here."

To which John Glenn, in his first trip, reportedly retorted with, "Whoever doesn't see God up here is blind."

By Blogger Joe Settler, at Thu Dec 15, 01:22:00 PM GMT+2  

I'm sorry that h started this thread out on the left foot (you'll pardon the expression).
This post is beautiful, and should be circulated the world over to bnei akiva types.

-Gidon
Who made aliyah straight from Mmoshava because of midrashim and psukim like these

By Anonymous Gidon, at Thu Dec 15, 04:29:00 PM GMT+2  

Gidon, I can always count on you to apprciate my writings...

By Blogger Ze'ev, at Thu Dec 15, 05:15:00 PM GMT+2  

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