|Sandy, Noah, Abraham and Bibi Send a Message about Climate Change|
A radar scatterometer shows Hurricane Sandy's ocean surface winds early Monday morning, Oct. 29. The darkest reds represent winds traveling 65 miles per hour or faster.
(Courtesy of NASA)
By David Krantz
NEW YORK (Oct. 31, 2012) — A little more than a week after reading Parshat Noah — which includes the Torah’s description of the biblical flood — much of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have been deluged by water. Even today, two days after the storm, nearly half of Manhattan is without power and eight million people throughout the region have lost electricity. Whole towns remain flooded. Massive trees have been uprooted. Trains aren’t running and airports are still closed. Police and ambulance sirens still fill the air all day as rescues are ongoing. The destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy has been unprecedented in this part of the country in recent history.
This week, in Parshat Vayera, Abraham pleads to save Sodom and Gomorrah from destruction. If he were alive today, he might be pleading with us to save the whole Earth from destruction. If, in Abraham’s eyes, Sodom and Gomorrah were worth saving, then surely the whole planet, with volumes of virtuous people more numerous than Lot and his family, is worth saving today.
David Krantz is the president and chairperson of the Green Zionist Alliance.
Israeli Nature Poll
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- from AltNeuLand, by Theodor Herzl
Did You Know?
Of the main tributaries to the Jordan River, only one - the Dan Spring - lies within Israel's pre-1967 boundaries. The Banyas Springs are in the Golan Heights and the Hasbani Spring is in Lebanon.
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