Chacham Ovadiah: Fires Only Happen Where There is Chillul Shabbos

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rav-ovadiah-yosefChacham Ovadia Yosef said during his weekly Motzoei Shabbos drasha that the devastating Carmel fire was a result of insufficient Shabbat observance in the area.

“Fires only happen in a place where Shabbos is desecrated,” he quoted from the Gemara in Maseches Shabbos in his drasha. “Homes were ruined,” he continued, “entire neighborhoods wiped out, and it is not arbitrary. It is all divine providence.”

“We must do teshuvah, and keep Shabbos appropriately. When the Bnei Yisroel do teshuvah, Hakadosh Boruch Hu safeguards them with a wall of fire,” but not of the incinerating type, Rav Yosef added.

{Matzav.com}

10 COMMENTS

  1. habbos is a Shemira as Chacam Ovadia said, also they were fighting in the Knesset to save 20 million from Kollel stipend this will cost 100 times that!!
    but think back a few months how the Prison service loaded 43? parents on busses to jail for the “crime” of giving a torah chinuch! todays Yevanim? L’hashkichom Torasecha! on the 1st day of chanuka!
    Hashem Pls help us find the causes and correct them.

  2. The answer is in the Midrash (Shir Hashirim 2:5, elaborating on the passage, K’shoshana bane ha chuchim): Right before Moshiach comes, Hashem will burn the outskirts of Haifa. See it for yourselves…

    http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/
    SUNDAY, 05 DECEMBER 2010

    The Haifa Fire

    While the devastating forest fire on the outskirts of Haifa still blazes, a pointless national witch hunt is going on. Energies here would be much better applied to soul-searching, teshuva, and learning emuna.

    We here at the Beams aren’t going to participate of the finger-pointing festival. Nor shall we cry in lament like the secular media who says, “if we can’t put out a forest fire, how can we defend ourselves?”

    We never did defend ourselves – it was Hashem that pulled us out of every fire; this is personal experience talking…

    We teach in the principles of emuna that everything Hashem does is for the very best. Everyone asks, how can 42 losses of life and thousands of acres of charred forests be for the best?

    The answer is in the following Midrash (Shir Hashirim 2:5, elaborating on the passage, K’shoshana bane ha chuchim): Right before Moshiach comes, Hashem will burn the outskirts of Haifa. See it for yourselves…

    Below is a close-up image of the above photo:

    Get ready, folks.

  3. Make up your mind. According to another Matzav news release:

    The firefighting service faced two primary difficulties – meager funding and a problematic organizational structure.

    I don’t see anything about Shabbos. R”L and unfortunately if it was true, there would be fires non-stop.

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