Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Earthquakes a Sign From Hashem- The Cofetz Chaim-1925
The Cofetz Chaim-1925:
"Several weeks ago I publicized an essay, concerning the great earthquake that happened in our land. In that essay I encouraged Kelal Yisrael to do Teshuva; and that the earthquake was a warning to the entire world, that they should repent of their evil ways, and believe in Hashem Who controls all.
Not for naught did all these terrifying and frightening things of this year come upon us.
And now, we hear new and terrifying information, about the great flood that took place in our land; and the great earthquake that took place in Russia, in which were killed; and it injured thousands of men, women and children, and many livestock; many of them were buried alive.
Even in our land, we experienced some tremors of this earthquake.
Certainly any thinking person, should be gripped by fear and trembling, as to what Hashem has done to us.
The One who is good, and does good to all, and is merciful on all of His creations. And does not even desire the death of the wicked, as it says: 'By My life, says Hashem, I do not desire the death of the wicked one, but rather that he repent and live' (Yechezkel 33).
The understanding person will realize, that Hashem is urging us to do Teshuvah, and is showing us all, that He has the power to as He pleases; and none of His creations of above or below, can tell Him what to do.
It is clear to me, that if we had prophets sent from Hashem, they would without doubt, be standing guard, to urge Jews to do Teshuvah to our Father in heaven.
Since because of our past evil deeds, we have no prophets or divine messengers; therefore in our times, He is urging us through other messengers, to do Teshuva.
As it says: 'He makes winds- His messengers; burning fire- his