Cedar Riverside – The “Crime Scene” Containing Many Clues


The above Tweet from Omar was made during her visit to the scene of the Cedar-Riverside fire that killed five residents within her district last year. On December 5th I wrote a Blog commenting on this fire.

Please notice Omar’s recent visit took place on January 31, which was the Friday before the reading of Parshat Bo containing the final three plagues. This is highly significant because contained in the fire that did substantial damage to that building were clues that relate to the ten plagues. Her visit came between the previous week’s Parsha Vaeira, where the first seven plagues appear and Parshat Bo.

To summarize, this fire took the lives of five people in her district. Since the Minneapolis Fire Department is unable to determine who or what is responsible, it seems at this stage there is no one to blame. But given that this fire occurred only recently, in her district, combined with the recent locust plague, in her birthplace, it seems that a number of clues which I will discuss tying this fire into the ten plagues hints that Omar’s future as a Congresswoman may be in jeopardy . Similar to what became of Pharaoh after his harsh treatment of the Jews in Egypt.

The Number 14-                                                                                                                          Representing the 14th floor in which the fire took place. In Hebrew, the letters are –Yud and Daled“ which totals 14 when doing the Gematria. These two letters together mean “Hand”.  Going back to the day of that fire, four people died immediately, while the fifth victim died later. Therefore, as I have mentioned before, the thumb is separate from our four other fingers, which gives a further hint to the word Hand.

Since the final report issued by the Minneapolis Fire Department was unable to determine a cause, it could be said that it was started by “The Hand Of G-d”.

In Chapter 8, verse 15 in Parshat Vaeira, Pharaoh’s sorcerers could not duplicate the plague of Lice, like they had done in the previous plagues and therefore they told Pharaoh this was “A Finger Of G-d”.

The Pattern Of The Ten Plagues

Before continuing, let’s look at the pattern in which the plagues occur.

The first nine plagues are grouped in three sets of three plagues each. The first plague in each set takes place on the banks of the Nile River. Here is a description of the Nile as it is today-

The Nile River

The Nile (Arabic: النيل‎, romanizedan-Nīl, Arabic pronunciation: [an’niːl]) is a major north-flowing river in northeastern Africa, and is the longest river in Africa and the disputed longest river in the world,[2][3] as the Brazilian government says that the Amazon River is longer than the Nile.[4][5] The Nile, which is about 6,650 km (4,130 mi)[n 1] long, is an “international” river as its drainage basin covers eleven countries: TanzaniaUgandaRwandaBurundi, the Democratic Republic of the CongoKenyaEthiopiaEritreaSouth SudanRepublic of the Sudan, and Egypt.[7] In particular, the Nile is the primary water source of Egypt and Sudan.

During the time of the Ten Plagues, the Nile was also the dominant river in Egypt. In the morning, Pharaoh would go to the river to attend to his bodily  needs, and it was there that Hashem told Moshe and Aaron to confront Pharaoh and inform him what G-d was about to do. This same confrontation took place in the beginning plague of the other two sets.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Digging Deeper Into More Clues Related To The Cedar Riverside Fire

The Number 1407

The fire was concentrated on the 14th Floor in Apartment Number 1407. At first glance, there does not seem to be anything out of the ordinary. But taking a deeper look at that number,  I feel  there is a strong message contained therein. To make myself clear, lets breakdown the number as follows-

1 ,4, 0,7

If we rearrange the last two numbers we get the following-

1, 4, 7, 0

And by adding the number 1 in front of the zero the following result appears-

1, 4, 7, 10

In other words, the Room Number 1407 contains all three Plague numbers corresponding to the first Plague in each group of three.  Since the number zero is not a number,  I added the number one in front of the zero to signify the Plague of the First Born. Pharaoh was made aware of plagues 1, 4 and 7 while he was at the Nile River.  The tenth Plague was the most severe and resulted in the freedom of the Jews.

The Mississippi River In Relation To The Nile

There is no doubt that just like the Nile River is the major source of water for Egypt , the Mississippi River is the major source of water running though the United States. It is interesting that this fire with its Gematria hinting a relationship to the ten plagues takes place in a neighborhood located on the banks of the most dominant river in the US which is the same relationship that the Nile has to Egypt.

Cedar-Riverside Is On The West Bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis

The fact that Cedar Riverside is on the West Bank of the Mississippi River gives a hint that there must be some correlation with Israel’s West Bank. I feel there is a story here, but that may come in a future Blog.

The scene of the Cedar Riverside fire is a very short distance to the West Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota. The Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs is located on this campus. When I attended University, the West Bank Campus was primarily known for the Business School, but since that time more schools have been added, including the school named after one of Minnesota’s greatest lawmakers.

Since Omar claims to have graduated from that school, it is an insult to the school that bears Hubert Humphrey’s name that one of its graduates has spent the past year in Congress speaking against Israel and the Jewish people. Hubert Humphrey was a great supporter of the Jewish State and its people

Perhaps for this reason, and those previously mentioned,, the Evil Speech she is making against Israel and my people, makes her future as a Congresswoman looks very uncertain given all the information that has been uncovered about her family history, personal life and income tax filings to name a few. Her refusal to talk about these is totally unjustified because people in her district have a right to know the truth.

G-d Allowed Moshe And Aharon To Stand Next To Pharaoh Which began His Downfall

When the plagues began, it marked the beginning of Pharaoh’s downfall. Once this series of plagues was complete, including the Plague of the First Born, Pharaoh and the Egyptians  could no longer tolerate any more punishment, especially after the plague of the First Born. The Egyptians wanted the Jews to leave as soon as possible.

But it was not long after, that Pharaoh had a change of heart and decided that he must recapture the Jews after they had been freed. In Parshat Bashalach he ordered his Army to chase after the Jews.

The Number 600

You will notice that Omar gave the exact address of the building on Cedar Avenue, but multiple news networks reported that the fire was located at the 600 Block of Cedar Avenue. Please note that when Pharaoh decided to chase after the Jews, he took with him an Army with 600 chariots.

In Yitro, the Parsha we read this week, the Ten Commandments were given with 600,000 men women and children as witnesses. And the Ten Commandments was the subject of my previous Blog.  Remember the Somalia people are now suffering from a massive locust invasion and now the recent fire took another five lives within the community that Omar settled in.

Omar in reality won’t change her views toward Israel or Jews. The problem with that thinking is G-d won’t change his views either.

About the Author
Born and raised in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. Married to a South African, we lived in Johannesburg from 1979 to 1996. Made Aliyah with our seven children on Parshat Lech Lecha. BSB Accounting Degree from the University of Minnesota. Investment Portfolio Manager /Fundamental And Technical Analyst. Wrote in-depth research on companies, markets, commodities for leading financial publications. Served in the US Army Reserves Semi Retired spending quality time with my wife, children, grandchildren and attend Kollel while analyzing current events as they relate to Torah and Mitzvahs.
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