08 July 2015

Are Some Places Safer Than Others?

21 Tamuz 5775

If you can't make it to the 'Ark' before it's too late, perhaps you can at least get to 'higher ground'. Do such places exist in the US and if so, where?

In an unconfirmed report translated by Yeranen Yaakov, the Riminover Rebbe seems to indicate taht the answer is "yes"...

A Jew had yehidut with the Rimnover Rebbe Shlit"a and asked the rebbe since he has to decide about a real estate deal in New Jersey and also about a real estate deal in New York and specified the deals, and he wants to know his holy opinion about it. The rebbe stopped him and said: "I don't want to scare Jews. They are now very stressed and what purpose would there be in doing so. However, you should know that this week, the To'eiva Law was accepted in the entire United States, and there is a great Kitrug in Shamayim. You should invest only in states that will pass laws against To'eiva. The other states will be destroyed! Every state in the U.S. is able to legislate laws as it wishes - it is upon you to clarify what the standing is of the state that you wish to invest in regarding To'eiva laws. Because only there will be a refuge and everyone will run to there, and the real estate will strengthen for them very much! All the rest will get blows and be destroyed.

For your convenience, I looked up which states these might be and found the following...

This table shows only states that licensed and recognized same-sex marriages or had legalized them, before Obergefell v. Hodges. It does not include states that recognized same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions but did not license them.

So the worst places to be are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Who does that leave? Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas

(State by state breakdown.)

Keep in mind that "safe" is a relative word and ultimately, real safety is only found under the wings of the Shekhinah.