Sunday, January 02, 2005

A Generation of Reincarnated Pre-Deluvians

The Torah informs us that God brought the great flood (mabul) because of robbery (Genesis 6:13). The Rabbis in their infinite wisdom know that the Torah doesn’t really mean robbery. Rather the Torah means sexual sins.

Having grown up in a chassidish/yeshivish world I am always conscious that the generation I live in is synonymous with the ‘doir hamabul’ - the generation of the flood. Isn't it obvious to an objective observer? The ‘doir hamabul’ were sexual deviants – God snapped and wiped them out. What are the peoples who inhabit the world today if not sexual deviants? After all just take a walk down the high street on a summer’s day and see how woman of our generation dress.

It is clear that the only reason why God hasn’t brought another ‘mabul’ is because he has promised not to destroy the whole world again (Genesis 9:11). He could certainly destroy part of the world. He hasn’t promised not to do that.

For a long time I davened in a nice chasidisher shtiebel. The tunes were good and the herring was good. Our Rov returned to this, his favourite theme on countless occasions. Sometimes he would recount the following story;

Once when the Baal Shem Tov ascended to a higher spiritual world he found them to be building an enormous container. The Baal Shem wanted to know what it was all about? The heavenly answer given was thus:

The world was closing in on the Messianic era. The time had come to allow the souls that had inhabited the ‘Doir Hamabul’ a second chance and they would be reborn into the coming generation. It was their last opportunity to correct their ways. Many would not pass the test and would make the same mistakes. On dying their souls would be tossed into this new structure that was being built.

The generation of the 'mabul' has been reborn into the present one. We are the 'doir hamabul'. We are being tested again. Are we going to make the same mistakes as our last terrestrial sojourn?

Last week that mini flood happened. I think many a Rov will say 'I told you so'. And so they did. We all know why it happened. The beaches of Asia are the very places were some of the worst deviancies take place. Have you ever heard of a rave? Do you have any idea how these reincarnated pre-deluvians sit on the beach?

I shall leave you with a quote. It's the last paragraph of the main Tsunami article in our very own (UK) chareidi newspaper:

Hashem in his kindness has sent us a warning from a far away land that does not directly affect us, in the hope that he does not have to bring the warning closer to home. Are we listening?


Blogger Tamara said...

The sort of religious commentary found in your chareidi paper is the reason people abandon religion altogether. To offer up any kind of 'explanation' for what happened is absurd. To state that it's some kind of warning, or worse, a punishment, is ignorant and obscene.

All this talk about sexual deviance, especially in Thailand, is ridiculous. Thailand does have a booming sex trade industry, but the worst of it is in Bangkok, which was not affected by the tsunami. The beach areas such as Phuket and Phi Phi are very popular with families -- that's why there were so many children among the casualties. These folks were not going to raves or chasing bar girls. Moreover, most of those affected by this catastrophe were Asians residing in coastal communities that are not tourist areas. The rabbi's arguments simply don't hold water, if you'll pardon the aquatic metaphor.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Frummer????? said...

I have never heard such rubbish in all my life.

The beaches are tourist havens not sex parlours.

What percentage of the people who were killed were sinners in the way you put it?

Probably 0.000000001% if that.

Most of the people who died were deprived residents of the countries in which these events took place, and not tourists. They don’t dress in the way you describe, and certainly don’t subscribe to the western cultures you are condemning.

Anyway, your average goy, despite their depiction by Chasidim as creatures who have no morals, do not go around screwing every married woman in sight. They do have morals, albeit not the same as yours.

9:56 AM  
Blogger yoinoson schreiber said...

Sorry Frummer.

This piece is meant to be read with more than a hint of sarcasm.



11:29 AM  
Blogger DovBear said...

Yoinasan, what galls me is that "your" people think that our time is more deviant than previous times. This idea does not stand up to scrutiny.

I may blog about it one day.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Frummer????? said...

Well you could have fooled me, and judging by the comments, others too!

1:37 AM  
Blogger elf said...

What's really obscene about the quote isn't the idea that there's some purpose behind the tsunami. It's the idea that the lives of non-Jews are of so little value that God will kill thousands of them just to give us Jews a warning.

6:15 PM  
Blogger Hal said...

Lashon Hara, Buddy. Can it. Even Tamara, MO, is smart enough to keep this stuff to herself when writing where gentiles will see it.

4:41 PM  

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