G-d is Moody Today
“There was a tsunami and there are terrible natural disasters, because there isn’t enough Torah study… black people reside there (in New Orleans). Blacks will study the Torah? (God said) let’s bring a tsunami and drown them.”
“Hundreds of thousands remained homeless. Tens of thousands have been killed. All of this because they have no God”.
Rav Ovadia will no doubt remember that the halacha prescribes the death penalty for nonJews who "are osek" b'Torah (eg Rambam, Hilchos Melachim, 10:11). Hence, G-d should have rewarded them by saving them from death. Were they punished for following halacha?
No doubt you also remember that Rabin dearly bought Rav Ovadia's support for Oslo, the opening play in this game. Rav Ovadia did not seem to incur G-d's wrath for that.
But while we are on the subject of hurricanes:
The latest storm, Ophelia, has been strengthening and weakening for a day or two. It looked poised to strengthen and hit the mid Florida coast, but now it seems to be weakening and heading out to sea. I guess G-d is a bit moody today. At times, he wants to strike the Florida coast to get back at all the Bubbys whose einichlach frei-ed out or that did not maintain shitelach when they came to America. At times, he thinks better of it, tshuva, Elul, Erev Shabbos, and turns back his wrath. One thing is for sure. Whether the storm hits or not, the Charedi prophets will know why it did what it did.
The global warming cassandras will also be able to explain how this storm weakened. As you know, the current models that support global warming indicate that storms may intensify over decades. THEY DO NOT SAY that GW (that's global warming, not the US president) will cause more FREQUENT storms . THEY DO NOT SAY that this will occur RIGHT NOW. However, as in any world of foregone conclusions, you can only consider supporting data. You must dismiss any data that does not fit with your foregone conclusion.