Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Parshas Korach in the News!

We all know the famous story in this weeks parsha regarding the ground swallowing up korach and his men (or just his men). I find it to be a strange coincidence that this week, there is a big story about a person who was swallowed up in the dead sea. Apparently in the dead sea there exist a "sink hole" problem. What is a sink hole you ask? A sink hole is an underground crate that can open up in an instant, sucking in whatever lies above and leaving the surrounding area looking like an earthquake zone. In this particular story: Eli Raz was peering into a narrow hole in the Dead Sea hole when the earth opened up and swallowed him. Fearing he would never be found alive in the 30-foot- deep pit, he scribbled his will on an old postcard. After 14 hours a search party pulled him from the hole unhurt, and five years later the 69-year-old geologist is working to save others from a similar fate, leading an effort to map the sinkholes that are spreading on the banks of the fabled saltwater lake.

Pretty insane! Might make you think twice about taking a dip in the dead sea.

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