22 August 2012

Speaking of "Isaac"

5 Elul 5772

Hurricane Isaac may be the last warning for America. Wondering how I figure that? Well, I'll tell you. There might be nothing to it, but...

Isaac is, of course, the English form of the Hebrew Yitzchak which is the name of the second patriarch of the Jewish people - the son of Avraham Avinu.

It's in Parshat Vayera (Breishit 18.1 - 22.24) that we read about Akeidat Yitzchak - the binding of Isaac. In 2012, we will read that parshah on the 3rd of November, the Shabbat before the US elections.

However, we read it one other time and that is on the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

Now, get this. Remember this well-known Zohar on Parshat Vayera?

In the 73rd year, all the kings of the world shall assemble in the great city of Rome. And the Holy One, blessed be He. will shower fire and hail and meteoric stones upon them, until they are wiped out from the world. And only those kings who did not go to Rome will remain in the world.

Some think "73" could refer to 5773. Guess what is scheduled on the second day of Rosh Hashanah 5773?

18 September 2012, at 3 p.m. - The United Nations General Assembly begins at United Nations Headquarters in New York

That's right. In the 73rd year, all the world leaders will be assembling in New York.... While we are reading from the parshah from which this Zohar is derived.