Video: Sandy’s Destruction to the Frum Communities of Long Island


far-rockaway-sandy[Video below.] Filmed Wednesday, November 14, 2012, more than 2 weeks after Hurricane Sandy devastated Long Island, the following video speaks for itself. The video was provided to by noted videographer Aryeh Gelbard. We thank Aryeh for taking the time to bring the pictures and images of the utter devastation and havoc to the greater Jewish public.

Click below to watch:

Far Rockaway-5 Towns Area: 2 Weeks Later from Aryeh Gelbard on Vimeo.

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  1. I am writing this with a heart full of sorrow, a face awash with tears, to my Yiddish brethren who have lost almost everything through the flood caused by Hurricane Sandy.
    Although I was not affected by the hurricane as you were, I and my family had a near similar experience seven years ago. We were living in the Midwest when torrential rains hit our neighborhood. Very quickly, rain-waters entered our basement, knee deep. The problem was, this took place on Shabbos and we were away from our house. You see, we were in the process of moving back to the East Coast and we had already changed our residence there. Our belongings, however, were still in our house, until we could sell our house, purchase one where we were moving to, and move the belongings there.
    To complicate matters, Shavuos was Sunday night. My neighbor was able to go in to the house Motzoei Shabbos, but the electricity (power) was off. He told us it looked bad, and he couldn’t promise he would be able to get anyone on Sunday to help drain the water or clean up the mess.
    In the basement, besides for many personal belongings, were about 50-75 boxes of packed seforim, piled shoulder high. By the time someone was able to get in and drain the basement, after Shavuos, the boxes had all toppled over into the water. Bookcases, bedding, washer/dryer/freezer, personal items (wedding album/pictures from my children’s youth, all LOST.
    For a week or two my neighbor assured me the situation was under control (he had a group of chaveirim coming in to help clean up the basement) and there was no need for me to come. Not until he told me that the MOLD was growing up the walls, reaching the first floor and above, did I return to personally asses the damage.
    I vividly remember going through the ruined seforim, albums of pictures, and crying (almost) forever. I tried explaining it to my wife and children, who didn’t return with me, but words couldn’t describe it.
    My insurance company had a limit of $2,500, and FEMA denied my claim since it was no longer my primary residence. The house needed to be de-molded, and it still sold for $50,000 below it’s market value

    At that time in my life, I had lost my job, source of parnassah, and now my whole life was in shambles.

    Yet, it is seven years later. B”H my wife and I were able to get back on our feet. We have been the beneficiaries of true Chasdei HaShem, who has given up a tremendous support group around us, a new job and a future.

    Yes there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I found the piece from Eyton Kobre in last week’s Mishpacha (Parshas Chayei Sarah) very comforting, especially the part where he quotes from other sources about how in every life there is some sort of hurricane.

    You are also one step better. You have support. Whether it is Achiezer or any of the other wonderful organizations, YOU WILL GET BACK ON YOUR FEET. I am certain of that. All I could say for now is to daven to HaShem to give you and each member of your mishpacha the koach to persevere.

    (If you would like to know if this story is true, I shared it with Rabbi Yaakov Bender this past Shabbos. He can verify that my story is for real)

  2. Moishela: ”very soon this has to be the end of the world as we know it”
    Discussion with Moishe’la (and his family)
    A handicapped child 2 Kislev 5773 (Nov 15’12)

    The State of Israel is Now Being Targeted
    Well, I Guess I can say I told you so.

    Every place in the world is going to be dangerous, America, Europe, Israel, the Arab countries, Africa, Australia, Asia. Every place is going to be dangerous.

    Israel is now being targeted. How it will develop exactly, I don’t know. I do know that there are many outside influences here causing this to happen, just like the storm Sandy was a result of planning. True the greatest and only planner is HaKodosh Boruch Hu and He is going to direct the Reshoim straight into oblivion and He is in control of everything even though the Reshoim are sure that they are in control. Soon the Reshoim will have a great surprise, but by the time they understand what’s happening they will be gone, gone from existence.

    The American Jews think that they can get back to “business as usual” even though the storm Sandy destroyed so many Jewish Frum homes and caused so much damage. Even though things are sort of getting back to a kind of normalcy, still the marks are deep and very very painful. Still most Yidden want to get back to life the way it was. And for those who want to ignore the message Hashem is trying to send us, then I suggest you don’t get too happy too soon, because America is in for much more than Frankenstorm. The Yidden will be very much part of the tragedies that await the United States of America.

    So I just want to tell Jews here in Eretz Yisroel and in the whole world that the suffering is only beginning. The outside suffering is only beginning. When I say outside suffering, I mean like what the Arabs are doing now, the wars. But the inside suffering all over the world has been going on for a long time and also here in Eretz Yisroel. The ill and the dying from so-called natural causes is a heartbreak to say the least. Also there are people who are under terrible pressure financially just to feed their children and this is a pain that’s hard to live with. There are children that have gone off the Derech and this is a tragedy for Jewish families that is hard to describe.

    We have been living in the most wealthy society ever, with the most material toys that were ever in existence, but our suffering is no less than the former generations who had so much less of this Gashmiusdik world. So we are not really better off. In many instances worse off.

    The suffering will continue, it will continue with a lot of force. Many people will be suffering for many different reasons but the outside suffering is starting now. The suffering that comes from outside incidents, whether it will be war, famine, drought, or storms etc. Whatever it might be it will be an outside suffering. Until now Hashem tried to bring us back with personal sufferings, but that does not seem to work because people are so involved in the Gashmius that even death they ignore, but now they will be frightened.

    All over the world there will be a great fear. There are maniacs ruling, or think that they are ruling the world, so we can never know from where anything will come from. When unbalanced people try to rule, they have all kinds of crazy ideas and we can’t really follow crazy ideas, so we’re at the mercy of a group of mentally ill very intelligent people that have much control over the world. And we also think they are controlling the world but really they are also puppets, and Hashem has sent them to help Am Yisroel do complete and absolute Teshuva. However Am Yisroel is full of Erev Rav. Even the most Frum could be Erev Rav.

    Again I will tell you an Erev Rav has no pity on a fellow Jew and that’s the greatest sign. He can do the most terrible things to another Jew with out any remorse. He could have a fellow Jew put in jail. He could have a Jew killed. He could beat up a Jew, no problem. However when he does it, he does it as if it’s LeShem Shomayim, but he has no feeling for Shomayim either or for HaKodosh Boruch Hu. He may pretend to have, but it doesn’t mean he does.

    Erev Rav are also good actors. You just have to keep your eyes open and try to see the Simonim (the signs) of all of these characteristics. So what can I say? We’re in a very confused world. Many people are just crazed with the desire for power, wanting to compete with HaKodosh Boruch Hu, Chas VeSholom, for total control over the universe.

    That can never be. He, HaKodosh Boruch Hu with a flick of His finger, so-to-speak can destroy them. With one little breath, so-to-speak. He can destroy them all. Here in Eretz Yisroel we’re on the verge of a war, on the threshold of war. Will it continue? Will there be a ceasefire or not, like all the other times? I don’t really know, but my feeling is that if there is a ceasefire it’s not going to last. We’re going into a time of war. The whole world is going into a time of upheavals and wars. The cruelty of peacetime is going to exchange itself for the cruelty of wartime, and therefore very soon this has to be the end of the world as we know it. If there is a ceasefire that only means that it will take a little longer, that only means that Hashem is giving us a warning and that soon the real thing will begin.

    If it continues, then I suggest to all of you to start doing Teshuva fast, because there is no time. We’re really coming to the end. If there is a peace treaty or ceasefire then use the time really to dig down deep into your lives and get rid of all the Aveiros that you have done. Look for forgiveness from HaKodosh Boruch Hu and from every Jew that you hurt, lied to, swindled etc. Come closer to Hashem. Hold on tight because it’s going to be a very, very rough ride and if you dare to loose your grip on the spiritual rope that connects us to HaKodosh Boruch Hu then you’ll fall into oblivion.

    I only want to tell you these things because everyone is very nervous about what’s happening and very frightened. When the air raid warnings start to go off in Tel Aviv and Yerushalayim then people really get jittery. When people are killed in Kiryat Malachi, it’s scary but it’s still the South and it’s sad, but still we can continue our daily lives. However when there is an air raid warning in Tel Aviv and Yerushalayim that’s a different story, and then of course we still have the danger from the north and the danger from Egypt and the danger from every country in the world. No one loves us at all and everyone hates a Yid. All the Goyim hate us. All the Goyim are against us even if they pretend they are not.

    The State of Israel has not been successful in changing the attitude of the Goyim against the Jews. The Goyim still look upon us as dirty Jews. No matter what we do we’ll always be dirty Jews, until the Geula. And then everything will be different and we’ll again be the royal sons and daughters of our king HaKodosh Boruch Hu. But until then to the world we’re only dirty Jews. Jews that have no right to anything and certainly not to believe in HaKodosh Boruch Hu.

    The Goyim hate it. The Amolaikim hate it, and the Erev Rav despise it. They can not stand the love that Hashem has for His chosen people. The Goyim can not stand HaBen Yaker Li Efraim. They can’t tolerate it. They’re jealous and they hate us. Therefore anti-Semitism is blossoming all over the world and the worst anti-Semitism is the Jew’s hate of his fellow Jews, and that’s absolutely the worst sin. That’s the thing HaKodosh Boruch Hu can’t stand so-to-speak. And He will destroy anyone who continues this way of action, going against another Jew. Also there are Jews that despise other Jews because of their love of HaKodosh Boruch Hu, and because they are constantly trying to become closer to the Truth by trying to detach themselves from the plastic Yiddishkeit and trying to live as our forefathers who were great Tzaddikim once did.

    Those Yidden Frum or not Frum that despise a fellow Jew because he tries to be close to HaKodosh Boruch Hu are obviously not Yiddishe Neshomahs. Therefore those people will disappear from the earth. We don’t have to help HaKodosh Boruch Hu to get rid of them. The only way we can help is by doing Teshuva, davening and begging Him to help us, and to hold on to that spiritual rope that connects us to Him.
    Tatti: What do you have to say about the three people of Kiryat Malachi that where unfortunately killed today?

    Moishe’la: Those Jews that were killed in Kiryat Malachi were a Korbon Tzibur. They where born for this. They were born to be an example. They where born in order to die Al Kiddush Hashem. The Yidden that were killed and the ones that have been injured up until now were injured and killed in order to make the Yidden afraid and make Yidden want to do Teshuva and make Yidden take notice, because without tragedies unfortunately the Yidden don’t take notice. They were Korbonos they are Tzaddikim.

    I also want to tell you that America is in great danger, great great danger, and all the people in America are in great danger, no less then the people in Eretz Yisroel. The people in Europe are also in great danger no less the in Eretz Yisroel. But the Yidden in these countries all over the world are in the greatest danger from Anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism will cause great loss of life and certainly of wealth.

    I’m warning all the Yidden that if you don’t have the Kedusha and the Kesher with HaKodosh Boruch Hu to be a shield for you, then you’re going to be in big trouble. Since the Kedusha has been discarded by most of us and the world is full of Tumah and evil then we don’t have the same protection that we once had. And therefore we must come back to HaKodosh Boruch Hu. Come back even though we think we’re not far — we are. Because the Gashmius has confused us and we don’t realize how far away we have have gotten from the Truth. We must come back, must, must come back. We must hold on to that spiritual rope that ties us to HaKodosh Boruch Hu and He will shake the rope very hard Kivyochol, and we’ll feel that we can barely hold on, but still we must hold on, Hashem Yaazor. After that Moshiach will come, and the third Bais HaMikdosh will be built and we’ll be Makriv Korbonos.

    I have nothing more to say now; we have to wait till things develop.

    I want to reiterate that Jews all over the world should really start thinking about packing their bags and coming to Eretz Yisroel, because Jews from all over the world will soon be hated and assaulted. Eretz Yisroel will not be safe but it is Eretz Yisroel, and if we show Hashem that we are doing Teshuva and we are MeKabel Ol Malchus Shomayim, if we show Hashem that we are willing even to go one step further and come to Eretz Hakodesh and continue to hold on to that spiritual rope that connects us to Hashem, Hashem will save us all.

  3. In October of 2012 the east side of the United states (including the states of NY, NJ & CT etc…) was hit by Hurricane Sandy. With millions of people losing power & $88 billion dollars worth of damage & may people gripping in fear to see what will happen at the end. Everyone is asking why such a shaking hurricane would be sent by Hashem? The message from Hashem is Obvious, within the past 2 years alone,
    1)over 100 Gedolei Hador & rabbonim were niftar & left this world Rachmana L’tzlan.
    2)many innocent children were niftar (in strange & young ages)
    3) the economy getting closer & closer to crashing & the USA collapsing.
    4)Iran getting closer to nuclear
    5)many other tragic events….

    When so many tragedies happen & klal yisroel as a nation doesn’t take the wake-up call to change their ways towards teshuva, then sometimes Hashem has to send the wake-up call through catastrophic & shaking hurricanes & tsunami’s.

  4. it really saddens me to watch this video & see what happened to our own brothers.

    i wish klal yisroel had done teshuva before hurricane sandy was gozer upon us to shake us up with fear
    may we all do teshuva ASAP before anything else happens C”V

    how bad does a situation need to get for a person to start doing teshuva? has it not gotten bad enough with all the past tragedies striking klal yisroel?

    if we don’t do teshuva C”V things are just going to go from catastrophic to horrific & destruction C”V

    LETS HELP OUR BROTHERS OUT NOW BY sending them whatever we can. from checks to clothing & food etc…

  5. SO SO heartbreaking.
    The last few weeks have been times of anquish, sorrow and hardship. What is erupting now in Eretz Yisroel with rockets, destruction, fear and terror is increasing and intensifing? There is no one to lean on besides “Our Father in Heaven”.

  6. Please remember your brothers and sisters fighting for their lives right now in EY just as we remembered you in our tshuva, tfillah utsedaka during Sandy.

  7. I really don’t understand why this video has to be named “private”? I have watched it a few times with my class, to show them the destruction a hurricane can cause. I showed it to my aunt who came visiting from St. Louis, Illinois, and she was very moved by it. I wanted to send this to my mother in an e-mail, but suddenly, it’s named “private”, and needs a password! If anyone knows the password or a way to be able to copy the video, please feel free to send it in an e-mail to me. My e-mail address Thank you very much.


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