Beit El Rabbi Zalman Melamed joined Ulpana neighborhood expulsion victims Tuesday for their last morning prayers before the expulsion of the families.(Arutz Sheva)
Who knew that there were evictions of Jews... by Jews... in the Land of Israel, just days ago? Some say that it was the United States government that pressured Israel into carrying out this injustice; I don't doubt that for a minute. And many of these same people believe that the heat and winds of the destructive "super derecho" that swept through the eastern U.S. on Friday evening were the wrath of Hashem. I wouldn't dare say they're wrong. How would I know?
All I can tell you for certain is that the expulsion of Jews from the Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El was completed last Thursday.
.... The officers arrived and told the Fattals they had to leave their home willing, in accordance with the agreement reached between the Beit El leadership and the government. After the couple refused, the police said they would be forced to remove them from their home in an unpleasant manner. At this point, the officers picked up Yoel and took him out of the house.
Meanwhile, police arrested at least eight right-wing extremists who barricaded themselves in one of the Ulpana homes....
... Although the damage it can do mimics that of a hurricane or tornado, a derecho moves in one more or less straight direction. "Derecho" is a Spanish word that can be defined as "straight ahead"...
.... On Friday, a historic, record-setting heat wave covered a sprawling region from the Midwest to the Southeast. In Washington, the mercury climbed to 104 degrees — the hottest June day in the 142 years that records have been kept.
As stifling air bubbled northward, clashing with the weather front draped from near Chicago to just north of Washington, storms erupted. They grew in coverage and intensity as they raced southeast, powered by the roaring upper-level winds and fueled by the record-setting heat and oppressive humidity in their path.
The coverage and availability of this heat energy was vast, sustaining the storms on their 600-mile northwest-to-southeast traverse. The storms continually ingested the hot, humid air and expelled it in violent downdrafts — crashing into the ground at high speeds and spreading out, sometimes accelerating further.
The intensity of the heat wave was a key factor in the destructiveness of this derecho event. It raises the question about the possible role of man-made climate warming from elevated greenhouse concentrations — a question that scientists will surely grapple with in case studies of this rare event.
So have we witnessed the wrath of the Gd of Israel, or "man-made climate warming"? It depends on how you see this world.
Who was it who said we're like "dogs watching television," incapable of understanding the plot? It sure feels like that to me.