A Guest Analysis by email from "Joe"...
Shalom Chaverim (dear friends), it is with great concern that I write this post.
August 29, 2005 saw the devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane "Katrina". Now 3 years on, almost to the day, Hurricane "Gustav" is threatening to strike the Louisiana coastline. Estimates have predicted that its current intensity of category 3 may be upgraded to category 5 as it intensifies over the Gulf of Mexico. The Governor of Louisiana and the Mayor of New Orleans have already instigated plans for mass evacuations should the need arise.
Now, what makes this so significant ? I would like to quote from an earlier post that I wrote:
On the 21th of August 2005 as my friends were being kicked out of Gush Katif, compliments of Ms Condi Rice, a category 5 Hurricane by the name Katrina was forming in the Caribbean. It then made a bee line for New Orleans, Condi's city. The rest is history. In Judaism there is a biblical concept called "Midda Kenneged Midda" or " Measure for Measure". 8,000 citizens of the Gush were made refugees, 800,000 citizens of New Orleans were made refugees. BTW the word Katrina has the Hebrew root word Keter which means "Crown" HaShem was showing the world WHO IS WEARING THE CROWN. The 2005 Hurricane season spawned 26 hurricanes. 26 is the number of HaShem.
The name "Gustav" comes from the Swedish word which means "the staff of the gods"
The letter "g" is the seventh letter of the English alphabet. This Hurricane is the 7th tropical storm of the season. Condi Rice has just finished her 7th visit to the Middle East to procure the relinquishing of Shomron (West Bank) from Israel to the Palestinians. This constant convoluted land for peace deal! You would think that Condi would have learned from the last hammering her home town endured. Midda Kenneged Midda all over again.
The name "Gustav" is made up of 2 Hebrew words GUS (gimmel-vav-shin/sin) and TAV (tav-vav). Depending where you put the dot on the letter shin you can get sin. So GUS can also be pronounced GUSH. TAV in Hebrew means label or sign. Therefore we can deduce that the name of this Hurricane could mean "the Sign of the Gush" - the staff in the hand of HaShem. First the crown now the staff. Is HaShem trying to tell us something???? Remember what happened in Gush Katif three years ago.
I hope that I am wrong. Monday the 1st of September, the day Hurricane "Gustav" is predicted to make landfall is also Rosh Chodesh Elul. This month starts the 40 day countdown to Yom Kippur and is the season of Teshuva (Repentance).
May we all return to HaShem with weeping and fasting. May HaShem protect all our friends along the Louisiana and Mississippi coastlines should this Hurricane eventuate as has been predicted.
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