The biggest mistake human beings make is in misinterpreting God's mercy for license. They think that if lightning does immediately strike them down when they sin, that no consequences will ever be forthcoming.
That's a lie straight from the serpent's mouth, "You will surely not die..."
Today is the anniversary of the last destructive earthquake to occur in Eretz Yisrael - 11 July 1927 - 91 years ago.
...Known as the 1927 Jericho Earthquake, the 6.25 magnitude quake lasted approximately five seconds and rippled from its epicenter in the northern Dead Sea region to Jerusalem, Jericho and Nablus, reaching Ramle, Lod and Tiberias – claiming 500 lives and injuring an additional 700 people. It also caused massive structural damage throughout the region.
This was also the last time an earthquake caused significant damage to Jerusalem. Over 130 people were killed and some 450 were injured.
Heavy damage was also sustained throughout the Old City including to parts of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre as well as the al-Aqsa Mosque.
...Nablus was the most heavily hit area, having the highest death toll of over 150 and 250 injured. The quake destroyed some 300 buildings in the city including the Mosque of Victory.In light of the swarm of "minor" 'quakes observed over the past week, it's worth looking at what our sages said about the matter of earthquakes.
According to an op-ed written by Rabbi Shlomo Benizri and featured at the Kikar HaShabbat website (thanks Yaak), four reasons are given for earthquakes in the Talmud Yerushalmi, Brachot 9:
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