this has probably been circulating in the Yeshivish world, but i heard it recently
to put it in very short form, you can add the details:
Shmitah=Bitochon in the Ribbono Shel Olom
Western Financial Empire=bitochon in man
last Shmitah year, just before Rosh Hashanah…collapse of the symbol of the western financial empire
this Shmitah year, just before Rosh Hashanah…major collapse of the western financial empire itself.
Great reminder. Always worth keeping this point in mind.
in addition, i think its interesting to note that in parshas ki sovoh (i believe) the passuk talks about giving bikurim–because Hashem took us out of eretz mitzrayim and brought us to Eretz Yisroel, we have an obligation to bring the FIRST of our fruits to Yerushalayim, to show Hashem that we recognize that everything is from Him and there is nothing that is “kochi V’otzem Yadi.” the same week that we read this parsha, Lehman Brothers and AIG went down. we cannot rely on ourselves or even the biggest companies b/c ultimately, Hashem controls the world.
if Hashem sees that we are lacking in recognizing Him, He sends us “reminders”