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New Orleans, Tzunami, and Noah’s Ark

By Tzvi Fishman
10/11/2007, 12:00 AM

Guess what caused the Flood in the days of Noah? That’s right. How did you guess? Friends, the story of Noah isn’t just ancient history – it’s a warning for today!

Noah's Ark

The holy Zohar teaches that the Flood came as punishment for the sin of wanton sexual transgressing (Zohar, Bereshit, 56A).

“Rabbi Shimon taught: There is nothing in the world that so arouses the zealousness of HaKodesh Baruch Hu as the sin of transgressing the Brit, as is written, ‘And I will bring a sword upon you that shall avenge My Brit (Vayikra, 26:25).

“Behold the generation of the Flood was not considered completely guilty until they sexually corrupted their ways on the earth. Even though they acted violently, each man with his fellow, nevertheless it was because of their sexual corruption that the sentence of destruction was decreed. They were punished measure for measure – they were destroyed for the sin of destroying their seed on the earth (Zohar, Bereshit 66B).

Now tell me, my good friends, the flood that inundated the hooker filled, homosexual rampant New Orleans, can’t this be seen as a warning that G-d wants us to mend our ways and do away with the promiscuous culture that characterizes western society?

New Orleans

And was it a coincidence that the Tzunami wiped out miles upon miles of nude beaches where freedom loving perverts from all over the world would shamelessly practice their abominations in public?

Before Tzunami
After Tzunami

OK. Maybe that’s true for New Orleans and the Tzunami, but what do these disasters this have to do with Am Yisrael? Well, for one thing, as long as the Jewish People guard their sexual purity, embodied by the Brit, there is no enemy that can harm them, as the Zohar attests:

“Rabbi Elazar said, As long as they remain attached to this Brit and do not loosen their hold of it (do not blemish it with sexual sins,) there is no nation nor language in the world that can do them harm. Noah clung to Brit and guarded it, therefore the Holy One Blessed Be He safeguarded him. But all of his contemporaries did not guard the Brit, and because of this, the Holy One Blessed Be He removed them from the world.  As has been stated, in exactly the same way that they sinned, they were blotted out from the world” (Zohar, Bereshit, 66B).

Let’s not forget that the destruction of Jerusalem, and the exile from our Land, was brought about by sexual transgression.

Rabbi Leon Levi teaching the Zohar at the Tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

The elder Kabbalist, Rabbi Leon Levy explains that just before the destruction of both Temples, there were false prophets who led the people to think that the licentiousness of the time wasn’t so bad, as the verse says, ‘Thy prophets have seen for thee vain and foolish visions; and they have not exposed thy iniquity, to restore thy captivity; but have prophesied for thee burdens of falsehood and deceit’ (Eichah, 2:14).

“These men, known as lenient rabbis, consistently spoke falsehood and deceit, saying that G-d appeared to them in nightly visions. They pretended to look after the holy Jewish People with vain and ill-spirited proclamations, saying, ‘Don't worry, everything will be all right. Even if you are lax in sexual matters, it isn't so bad, you have our permission to walk about the streets of the city in immodest attire, and we are permitting you to assemble together, men and women, and youths of both sexes. Therefore, dear brothers, why are you so worried and troubled? Behold, all of you are the holy children of Avraham, Yitzhak, and Yaacov, and you are leading your daily lives according to our authorized rabbinical supervision. Even if you pollute your eyes with forbidden images, even if you have slipped into immoral sexual practices, there are ways to amend these things, it isn't such a terrible thing, for sure, G-d will forgive you.’

Destruction of Jerusalem

“But, unfortunately my cherished friends, things did not come to pass according to these prophets of falsehood. The opposite occurred.  Harsh and mighty judgments fell upon us, along with terrible sufferings that we had never known, may G-d have mercy, as it says, ‘Who will fall by the sword, who by famine, who by thirst?’

“In this fashion, both Temples were destroyed, the Second like the First, all because of the sins and wickedness of these same false prophets who constantly led the Jewish People astray with improper and deceitful guidance. This brought about national collapse and destruction until the Jews were cast into exile and forced to endure the grave sufferings that have accompanied our holy nation for nearly two thousand years” (From “Tikun Now!” in the book, “Tza’akat Yisrael”).

Today, with Jerusalem once again on the chopping block, G-d forbid, and with all of Judea and Samaria in jeopardy of another plan of evacuation - may its formulators be evacuated instead – in addition to waging a fierce and determined campaign against this latest national betrayal, it is worthwhile to take heed to the message of this week’s Torah portion and the teachings so clearly set forth in the Zohar.

The Destruction of Gush Katif

Shabbat Shalom.