Was Hurricane Katrina Divine Retribution?

According to Rabbi Lazer Brody it was and what he has to say is compelling to say the least.

August 29, 2005

Katrina's Message

Rebbe Nachman of Breslev teaches that we must constantly search for the Divine message in all the events of our lives, since Hashem speaks to us by way of our environment.

 At the time of this writing, hurricane Katrina has been declared a national emergency in the USA; her winds now exceed 175 mph (nearly 300 km/hour). She's a mere one hundred miles from the US coast, and approaching at a foreboding 13 miles per hour. Authorities in Louisiana have ordered hundreds of thousands of people to flee from their homes.


Katrina is hitting just as the bulldozers are completing the destruction of Gush Katif. The Talmud teaches that Hashem administers the world according to the "ATFAT" principle, in other words, "a turn for a turn" (for an elaboration of the ATFAT principle, see Chapter Six of The Trail to Tranquility ). My heart tells me that there's a link between the forced expulsion of 8500 people from their blood, sweat, and tear-soaked homes in Israeli Gaza and between the nearly 850,000 people who are forced to flee from their homes in Louisiana. Sharon, at the prodding of the American government, has destroyed hallowed centers of prayer, Torah learning, and settlement in the Land of Israel. Hashem isn't wasting much time in showing His wrath. In fact, Katrina has chosen Ms. Rice's home state as a target; I humbly believe that the unfortunate people of Louisiana can blame Mr. Bush and Ms. Rice for their misfortune. This is a classic ATFAT situation: He who creates exiles in the Holy Land, will have a hundred-fold exiles in his own land.


Katrina, written קטרינה in Hebrew, has a numerical equivalent of 374. Two relevant passages in Torah share the exact numerical equivalent of 374 also: רעה גמלוך, or "They have done you evil" (see Gen. 50:17), and ים ביבשה, or "The sea upon land" (see Exodus 14:15). The former passage may be an indication as to the spiritual cause of Katrina, while the latter passage describes the physical manifestation.

Mr. Bush and Ms. Rice, I implore you to repent, to ask Hashem's forgiveness for destroying a flourishing part of Israel. Cancel all your demands for further territorial concessions in Israel. If by your initiative more Jews are rendered homeless, G-d forbid, I shudder to think of what could happen. Please take Katrina very seriously, for she is a no-nonsense messenger from The Almighty.

A bizarre turn of events - for weeks, the media was savoring over the confrontations between Jewish settlers and Jewish soldiers; now, similar pictures are pouring over the wire from New Orleans. In the above photo, courtesy of Reuters, a National Guardsman holds back people seeking refuge in the Louisiana Superdome, Sunday afternoon.A coincidence? I don't believe in coincidences.

Fleeing from Katrina, New Orleans, Sunday afternoon


On August 15, 10,000 patriotic Jews were expelled from their homes and made refugees in their own country. This was done to fulfill the dictates of the US-sponsored Road Map to Peace.


There are approximately 6 million people in Israel.


10,000 divided by 6,000,000 equals 0.00167


Two weeks later, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in the southern United States, and laid waste and complete desolation to the City of New Orleans. New Orleans has a population of 500,000. US News agencies are openly calling those displaced by the hurricane "refugees."


There are approximately 300 million people in the United States.


500,000 divided by 300,000,000 equals 0.00167




"Fire and hail, snow and vapor, stormy wind fulfill His word." - Psalms 148:8

Something Interesting To Add To That . . .


And then some say Katrina was sent to punish New Orlean's wanton homosexual sin.




PHILADELPHIA - Just days before "Southern Decadence", an annual homosexual celebration attracting tens of thousands of people to the French Quarters section of New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina destroys the city. "Southern Decadence" has a history of filling the French Quarters section of the city with drunken homosexuals engaging in sex acts in the public streets and bars.

Last year, a local pastor sent video footage of sex acts being performed in front of police to the mayor, city council, and the media. City officials simply ignored the footage and continued to welcome and praise the weeklong celebration as being an "exciting event".

However, Hurricane Katrina has put an end to the annual celebration of sin.

On the official "Southern Decadence" website (www.SouthernDecadence.com), it states that the annual event brought in "125,000 revellers" to New Orleans last year, increasing by thousands each year, and up from "over 50,000 revellers" in 1997. This year’s 34 th

annual "Southern Decadence" was set for Wednesday, August 31, 2005 through Monday, September 5, 2005, but due to massive flooding and the damage left by the hurricane, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco has ordered everyone to evacuate the city.

The past three mayors of New Orleans, including Sidney Barthelomew, Marc H. Morial, and C. Ray Nagin, issued official proclamations welcoming visitors to "Southern Decadence". Additionally, New Orleans City Council made other proclamations recognizing the annual homosexual celebration.

"Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city," stated Repent America director Michael Marcavage. "From 'Girls Gone Wild' to 'Southern Decadence,' New Orleans was a city that had its doors wide open to the public celebration of sin. From the devastation may a city full of righteousness emerge," he continued.

New Orleans is also known for its Mardi Gras parties where thousands of drunken men revel in the streets to exchange plastic jewellery for drunken women to expose their breasts. This annual event sparked the creation of the "Girls Gone Wild" video series.

"We must help and pray for those ravaged by this disaster, but let us not forget that the citizens of New Orleans tolerated and welcomed the wickedness in their city for so long," Marcavage said. "May this act of God cause us all to think about what we tolerate in our city limits, and bring us trembling before the throne of Almighty God," Marcavage concluded.

"[God] sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." (Matthew 5:45[b])

“A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” - Galatians 5:9
Judgment doesn't come at the first sign of sin. If it did, we'd all be long gone. Judgment falls on pride- an unrelenting self-esteem that laughs at forgiveness. It wasn't the presence of sexual deviancy that brought fire and brimstone down on Sodom and Gomorrah. They didn't invent depravity. It was the self-esteem that accompanied it - a pride in perversion that redefined good into evil and evil into good. Homosexuality wasn't an alternative lifestyle lobbying for equal rights on the plain of Jordan. It was a degeneracy that roamed the streets of the city banging on doors with a brazenness that struck fear in the hearts of men.
Christians today just don't get it. They watch the events of Gay Pride Week on the evening news and rage at what they see. But, it's what they don't see that poses the greater danger. They don't see themselves. They miss the message behind the madness that God is sending us in all His mercy and longsuffering. He's painting a sordid picture to show us what we look like from His perspective - an ugly and obstinate people that have turned love into license.
You see, gay pride isn't about homosexuality; it's about self-esteem - parading our filth before God and men as if it were something to be proud of and daring anyone to object.
“When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom”. - Proverbs 11:2