Wednesday, July 18, 2007

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Weather and Teshuva

by Nava at Mystical Paths

When HaShem finished creating the Earth, He said: "See My works, how fine they are. All that I have created, I created for your benefit. Think upon this and do not corrupt and destroy My world".

There is a long list of Mitzvot pertaining to the environment that are directly linked to the weather. For example, burning massive amounts of fossil fuels, it's a violation of the Mitzvah bal tash'chit unnecessary destruction, and the outcome is global warming. When we commit environmental destruction, this induces "global winter." When the weather drastically changes, we need to wake up and realize the connection of our behavior to the climate change, and do Teshuva.

The Mitzvot (commandments) effects the weather, as it says in the Shema: If you obey the commandments that I enjoin upon you this day, loving HaShem and serving Him with all your heart and soul, I will grant the rain for your land in season, the early rain and the late. You shall gather in your new grain and wine and oil -- I will also provide grass in the fields for your cattle -- and thus you shall eat your fill. Take care not to be lured away to serve other gods and bow to them. For HaShem's anger will flare up against you, and He will shut up the skies so that there will be no rain and the ground will not yield its produce; and you will soon perish from the good land that HaShem is assigning to you.

Just in the past week alone, HaShem is YELLING for us to WAKE UP and do Teshuva. How is HaShem talking to us? Through the weather: Torrential rain in India, flooding in Kansas, snow in July in England, hail storm in New Mexico, sand storm in Phoenix, earthquake 7.2 in Japan....

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