Passing Through Fire

Israel’s religious community sees God’s providence, and His call to repentance in recent wildfires

By |

While Israel is still trying to assess the damage caused by hundreds of fires across the country, testimonies of people whose lives were spared begin to surface. 

Yated Ne’eman, the daily newspaper of the Israeli-Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox school, has published in its November 29 issue a special article highlighting what it sees as God’s providence in protecting people in miraculous ways. Not surprisingly, Yated Ne’eman brings the stories of members of the religious community who went through the fire.

Rabbi Moshe Adler, CEO of United Hatzalah of Haifa (an Orthodox Jewish “Red Cross” equivalent), who worked alongside the firefighters, said that nothing of what happened should be taken for granted. “There were obvious miracles here,” he said. “People were experiencing miracles amid great tribulation. We should recognize it and give thanks to God. We have seen God’s providence with our own eyes.” 

Jews, by the way, are commanded to proclaim God’s miracles, as it is said, “give praise to the Lord … tell of all his wonderful acts.” This is why during the coming feast of Hanukkah people walking through religious neighborhoods will be able to note the burning candles of the Menorah placed by the windows to proclaim the miracle of the Temple’s rededication at the time of the Maccabees.

Rabbi Rosenberg recalls his mother-in-law’s miracle. “The whole apartment was completely burnt,” he said, “except one thing –  the Menorah.” A paramedic of United Hatzalah told Yated Ne’eman how he had to use a garden hose to contain the fire. “This was an obvious miracle,” he said, “that our building didn’t burn … it was divine providence. There is no other way to explain it. It wasn’t in the natural power of the garden hose to contain the fire.”

These and other similar stories brought the newspaper to conclude that “these tribulations did not happen by chance, rather it was a warning from heaven for the people on earth, that they may repent.”      

Members

Israel Today Membership

Read all member content. Access exclusive, in-depth reports from Israel! Free Zoom events. Connect with Israel right from your home! Raise a voice of truth and hope. Support Faith-based journalism in Jerusalem!

Monthly
Membership

$5
/ month
Full access to Israel Today's Member-only content on all Digital Platforms.
Become a Member

Yearly
Membership

$46
/ year
Full access to Israel Today's Member-only content on all Digital Platforms.
Save 18% Per Month.
Become a Member

Six Months
Membership

$28
every 6 months
Full access to Israel Today's Member-only content on all Digital Platforms.
Save 9% Per Month.
Become a Member

Leave a Reply

Israel Today Newsletter

Daily news

FREE to your inbox

Israel Heute Newsletter

Tägliche Nachrichten

KOSTENLOS in Ihrer Inbox

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter