Israel - Rabbi Ovadia Yosef: Fires Only Happen Where Shabbat is Desecrated
Israel - Shas Council of Torah Sages Head Rabbi Ovadia Yosef said on Saturday night that the devastating Carmel fire was a result of insufficient Shabbat observance in the area.
â€śFires only happen in a place where Shabbat is desecrated,â€ť he quoted from the Babylonian Talmud Shabbat tractate in his weekly sermon. â€śHomes were ruined,” he continued, “entire neighborhoods wiped out, and it is not arbitrary. It is all divine providence.â€ť
â€śWe must repent, keep Shabbat appropriately. When the People of Israel repent, God safeguards them with a wall of fire,â€ť but not of the incinerating type, Yosef added.
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