Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The Darkest Part Of The Night (Warning: Graphic Photos)

I swipted these photos from Sultan Knish. I hope he forgives me - but it's very important to get this out. Most of these pictures were taken by Reuters, the AP, and AFP. I felt the need to quote from two week's ago's parsha in the Me'am Lo'ez. Be strong!

G-d said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh. Through a strong hand he will let them go – and through a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.” (Exodus 6:1)

The Me’am Lo’ez (p. 143) citing Arbarbanel and Kli Yekar elaborates on the conversation between Hashem and Moshe.

Hashem explained to Moshe:

"The darkest part of the night comes

just before the beginning of dawn.

A sick person’s symptoms become much worse

just before he begins to recover.

The coldest days of winter come

just before the spring.

Before any change takes place,

the two forces are in strong opposition,

and the adverse effects might seem all the harsher.

But in the end,

improvement indeed takes place.

The same is true here.

Deep down, Pharaoh knows that he will eventually have no choice but to release the Israelites.

That is why he is resisting all the more,

making their burdens harsher than ever before.

He is fighting it with all his resources.

"I already told you that although

it was destined that there be four hundred years of subjugation,

because of the harshness of the Israelites’ plight,

every year has been considered as two.

Do not be concerned

that the situation

has become worse.

The main effect will be to bring the redemption closer.”


Anonymous sultan knish said...

I swiped them from mainstream sources myself and the more people see them the better

maybe some will finally wake up

11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just FYI, the person being treated by the medics in the photo immediately above the text "because of the harshness of the Israelites’ plight" is MK Effie Eitam.

12:54 PM  

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