A job for Ariel

Ariel is my 20 year-old grandson, an orthodox Jew, who will be married to a lovely orthodox girl in January.

He is an environmental engineer and Rebecca is a chemical engineer. Between the two of them, the world will be changing.

I told Ariel not to worry about finding a job. With climate changes and nature’s devastations, there will always be jobs for him.

In Israel, Spring has returned. In most parts of Europe and the United States, Winter is making its debut.

In the approaching days of December, our Israeli enthusiasts are at the beaches. I read that last week in New York the temperature had dropped to 15 degrees above 0 celcius. Water pipes were frozen and many of them burst. Homes were without water. Heat was in insufficient low numbers.

In Venice, Italy’s beloved and charming city of water, streets and canals were overflowing from flood waters and even many of the gondolas, so low in the waters usually, were now under the waters.

In Albania, a devastating earthquake destroyed thousands of homes, streets, property and lives.

In California, trees were burning and fire-fighters from several American states joined to extinguish the flames and prevent them from spreading.

In some European cities the winds lashed so heavily that trees were knocked down, uprooted, falling on homes and cars and creating personal injuries and even deaths. Mother Nature is a powerful force . We do not need wars to destroy our lives. Mother Nature is doing a “good” job. And where is Father Nature?

Iran and parts of Iraq are experiencing heavy damages caused by thousands of protesters filling the streets and knocking down electricity poles.

In 1929 the famous German author Erich Maria Remarque published his acclaimed book “Im Westen Nichts Neues”… “All Quiet on the Western Front”. He could not have imagined what life would be in ten years from then. Quiet had disappeared, drowned out by the evil hands of evil men.

For us in Israel we can say “All Quiet on the Southern Front”. The Friday Gazans withheld their constant March of Return protests at our southern border which, sadly, does not separate us from them safely.

Floods in Pakistan. Earthquakes in Haiti. Hurricanes and tornadoes. Tropical storms. Millions of people bereft of homes, property, cattle, life… no heat, no water, no electricity, no food, no medications.

Tsunnami in Indonesia. Volcano eruption in Java. Lives lost. Property destroyed. All from natural disasters.

Is God punishing His people around the Universe which He created?

So I asked my grandson Ariel what he proposed to do about the devastation of the planet. He thinks he will limit himself to climate and water problems only.

Purifying drinking waters. How does one control climate? When it’s cold it is cold and when it is hot it is hot. Who can change it? Can God?

Even the American president Trump has unrealistic plans for controlling the climate. (He cannot even control himself or the Democratic members of Congress).

I honestly don’t know where Ariel and Rebecca will find jobs but they assure me that there are many opportunities for their professional skills in Israel.
The salaries are not as enticing as the salaries offered by companies in foreign lands.

But orthodox Jewish young Zionists have their eyes set on developing their engineering skills in Israel. Kol hakavod ! (Lots of honor to them).

At this moment, they are still making final arrangements for their January 2020 wedding. The costs are enormous. I ask Ariel how he will be able to manage the costs of a wedding for 300 guests.

And he tells me, “Don’t worry Saba. God will provide. God will take care of everything”.

I looked at him in astonishment and told him: ”Ariel, sweetheart. I did not know that your father is God”.

Ma tov lihiyot tza-ir. How good it is to be young !

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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