ANOTHER DOOMSDAY PASSES - TIME TO GET REAL
This page was finished 9 hours before the world "ends."
The Mayan calendar will end when it's only 6:11 a.m. here at Cape Canaveral on December 21, 2012. The matrix below is the best one that I’ve found or seen about DOOMSDAY, which is the axis term. THE PEOPLE FEARED is in the open text. PAGAN, MAYAN, and of particular interest, CHRISTIAN are all at the same absolute skip as DOOMSDAY. But the section of Torah that touches DOOMSDAY is from the aftermath of the Noachian Flood, NEITHER WILL I GATHER AGAIN TO SMITE ALL LIFE AS I HAVE DONE. So the message here to PAGAN, MAYAN, and CHRISTIAN folks who are fearful of this day is a simple one. Despite the evil that fills the news reports each night, God doesn't plan on killing us all. It is, of course, a good excuse to party; but for those who do, don't drink and drive lest you do end at least some lives including your own.
Goofballs are everywhere. Al-Jazeera reports on sales of survival pods for tsunamis on December 21, 2012 that are expected by lunatics.
Recently I published an article attacking the bias of the U.S. press, lamenting the loss of reporters the likes of Walter Cronkite. Often I cite the Jerusalem Post or HaAretz, but unfortunately they are often overly liberal. Over the past year or two I have often gained insight into world events from a surprising source – Al-Jazeera. It may be an Arab news agency, but they seem to have a remarkable ability to actually report the news. The excerpt shown above from their story about the Mayan doomsday predictions is followed by quite an amazing statistic. Not just 20% of Chinese were worrying about 12/21/2012, but 22% of Americans and Turks are also concerned. In the U.S. some school districts are cancelling classes in light of the fear that there may be violence associated with the day.
WHO IS TO BLAME? There's plenty of blame to go around. Many articles point to a misunderstanding of the Mayan calendar system. Al-Jazeera tried to clear this up with its article (their text in dark blue) by stating:
…the Mayan calendar has been misinterpreted. Just like our calendars expire at the end of the year, so too does the Maya's long clock, they say. It doesn't mean the end of time, it simply means the beginning of a new time cycle.
Believers of this theory suggest the end of the Mayan calendar will usher in a planetary shift towards universal compassion and world peace. Note: we have a name for such an era in Judaism. It’s called the Messianic Age, and it has nothing to do with the end of the world. Thank you Al-Jazeera, although I don’t see any signs that this will actually happen on 12/21/2012.
An ancient mural was found in Guatemala earlier this year that disputes the theory that the Mayans foresaw Armageddon on Friday.
"It's important to understand that the ancient Maya predicted the world would continue," lead excavator William Saturno said. "They didn't predict the end of the world. There would be cycles, new beginnings - but never endings … We keep looking for endings. It's an entirely different mind-set."
23 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord.
24 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers; Lest I come and smite the land with utter destruction.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord.
For better or worse I find the need to state the personal irony in Malachi's words. When I had my bar mitzvah in 1960, the above verses were the last part of the HafTarah that I chanted to our congregation. They foreshadowed the end of my book about an interfaith custody battle that I fought for my older son. I won the battle, changing the doctrine of the largest Church on Earth when I got them to annul his baptism in 1984; but although my son grew up to be an Orthodox rabbi, I lost the war and, for now at least, I end the Epilogue of his story with the same words above. So, should the world indeed end at 6:11 on December 21, 2012, like so many parents who have been estranged from their children, perhaps some of the blame is mine. But if the world goes on, as I suspect it will; then perhaps my son and all his children will one day contact me before my own personal world does end, so I can amend the end of our saga with something cheerier from the earlier part of his story, which starts HERE. Meawhile, may you all have a safe and peaceful December 21st, and may we all soon enjoy the coming of the True Messiah who will end war and all similar forms of insanity before Major Kong get us all. Don't miss the closing music. We'll meet again.