Love of the Land

For the week ending 6 February 2010 / 21 Shevat 5770

Tsefat The Great Earthquake

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

The recent earthquake in Haiti recalls the earthquake that virtually destroyed Tsefat in 1837 and claimed the lives of some four thousand residents.

In a eulogy for the victims of that earthquake, Rabbi Moshe Sofer, the rav of Pressburg and author of Chasam Sofer, suggested that this tragedy occurred because Jews for close to a century had chosen to live in Tsefat rather than in Jerusalem and "it was the envy of Jerusalem which caused this."

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