by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
The “Ig Nobels” are prizes given for unusual real scientific research of items of highly questionable usefulness. For example, this year’s Ig Nobel chemistry prize was given for “determining the ideal density of airborne wasabi (pungent horseradish) to awaken sleeping people in case of a fire or other emergency” while the medicine prize for “demonstrating that people make better decisions about some kinds of things — but worse decisions about other kinds of things‚ when they have a strong urge to urinate.”
This year’s Ig Nobel mathematics prize went to…
Dorothy Martin (who predicted the world would end in 1954), Pat Robertson (who predicted the world would end in 1982), Elizabeth Clare Prophet (who predicted the world would end in 1990), Lee Jang Rim (who predicted the world would end in 1992), Credonia Mwerinde (who predicted the world would end in 1999), and Harold Camping (who predicted the world would end on Sept. 6, 1994 and later predicted that the world will end on Oct. 21, 2011), for teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations.
From May 24, 2011: California preacher Harold Camping, who said the world would end on May 21, now says the Rapture will happen in October, 2011.
We watch for signs, we listen to the words of the gedolim, tzaddikim and mekubalim. And some listen to the words of the special children and the seeming prophet or psychic. And while we seem to be very close, while conditions seem to be almost exactly what’s described by the biblical prophets… still WE ARE NOT and there ARE NO PROPHETS at this time. every .. single .. prediction .. of .. the .. geulah .. has .. been .. wrong ……... by everyone.
The holy words of our holy sages to turn away from our evil inclination and negative deeds are only for the good and positive. And holy rebukes and warnings from the tzaddikim and mekubalim are only to return us to our Father in Heaven.
But the predictions, sometimes taken out of context of using current events to deliver warnings to return to Hashem, sometimes being interpreted by the well meaning among the Jewish people who yearn so strongly for Moshiach…. let’s just say we still await that great day.
The Ketz (the end date of the Geulah) was hidden by Hashem and only known by Moshe rabbaynu (Moses our teacher). For the rest of us, we listen for the sound of the Great Shofar – may it be today!