So between Nov 2015 to June 2016, we were all seeing the mystical number of 613, the number of commandments in the holy Torah.
Then on June 12, 2016, there was a terror attack in Orlando, which killed 49 people and wounded 53 others.
We read about this all over the front page of USA Today on 6.13.16 (the date spells 613 in BOTH directions!)
Then all of a sudden we stopped seeing 613–completely stopped.
That is until 2 weeks ago.
When out of nowhere we all simultaneously and independently started to see 613 again.
On clocks, license plates, order numbers, treadmills, everywhere.
Yesterday, I saw 613 displayed brightly on a warning cone (above) in the roadway!
And today again, an order number received “randomly” for a purchase online ends in 613!
In Judaism, we are taught that nothing in life is random…everything comes from G-d.
All I can say is that it is scary to see this–it feels like some sort of warning or message–and we need to have renewed faith in G-d, turn to him, and ask for his mercy.
In the ongoing war of good over evil, I think it’s certainly a time for extra repentance, prayer, charity, and lots of good deeds. 😉
(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)