The volcanic cloud that brought much of the world’s air traffic to a standstill last week is a “sign from Hashem”, stated the Shomrei Emunim Rebbe Shlita, as quoted in the weekly BaKehilla newspaper.
The Rebbe stated that this year, the strength of the 70 nations will wane, warning the United States, Europe and other nations that their anti-Israel policies and demands that construction halt in Yerushalayim will have dire consequences, and the volcanic cloud “is just a warning”.
He singled out Germany, which has established itself as an economic power, and suddenly, its ports were shut and new realities exist. The Rebbe stated that everything closed up, a “punishment from Shomayim, one that is fitting”.
The Rebbe added that in the upcoming period, Eretz Yisrael will require a large measure of Heavenly mercy, expressing his hope that we merit this.
Speaking to his Chassidim on Wednesday night following kiddush levana, the Rebbe spoke of those who have Internet in their homes, warning it brings one down and it is questionable if one can do tshuva, the daily HaMevaser reported.
After kiddush levana at his beis medrash on Sfas Emes Street in Bnei Brak, the Rebbe held a l’chaim tisch as his is tradition. The Rebbe spoke of the situation in the world today, the skies of Europe and the 70 nations, warning those who have Internet in their homes will have difficult returning to tshuva. He praised those who resist temptation and do not have Internet in their homes, stating in this merit they will be privileged to raise holy G-d fearing children.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)
Ironic this information about internet is posted on internet.
#1the rebbe didnt post it
So we have no chance of doing Teshuvah? Ain’t that a bit extreme?
#1 most appropriate place to put it. Unfortunately, people are not interest in heeding the warning.
The Rebbe would have nothing to talk about if people used the internet for looking at their bank accounts and sites like this. I think the Rebbe was mentioning it because there are a lot of misusage and places a FRUM Yid should not be looking at on the internet (TV, Billboards, etc).
#3: It says that if a person does an aveira with the intention that afterwards he/she will do teshuva, Hashem does not allow them to do teshuva. Perhaps this is what the rebbe meant. Many people who sin on the net have this attitude that it’s no problem, afterwards they will just do teshuva.
I only go on the internet for information, (how to do things – paint, garden etc.,health info,shop for clothing (tsniusdik), other advice,)news, etc. I don’t think there is anything wrong with what I do. I don’t chat, go on face book etc. I use it as an educatinal tool, and I am careful. So what’s wrong? Is it any different than reading a newspaper or going to the public library for such information? At least I am home and am not entering the treif public library.
I see a tension here between the Gemara in Bava Metzia 58b, forbidding one to tell another that his suffering is punishment for a particular sin, and the Gemara in Brachos 5a which tells us that when a person suffers he should, himself, examine his deeds and learning. Therefore, while, as some gedolim have recently said, it is appropriate for us to look at the tzuris caused by the volcano and be reminded that G-d controls the world and our plans may not be in His plans, how can we tell others that this or that calamity they suffer from is the result of this or that sin? Perhaps the Rebbe is merely stating that our friends and enemies should use this opportunity to examine their deeds. It seems to me this is a narrow line.