A Baraita in Sanhedrin describes the seven-year cycle preceding Moshiach’s arrival 97a): “The Rabbis taught in a Baraisa: The seven-year cycle when the son of David will come: In the first year, this verse will be fulfilled: I will bring rain on one town, and on one town I will not bring rain. [i.e., there will be a sufficiency in some areas and famine in the others.] In the second, the arrows of amine will be sent forth i.e., there will be a limited famine in all areas. In the third year there will be a great famine; Men, Women, and Children will perish. [source: Schottenstein Edition Tractate Sanhedrin]
A recent report from NASA states:http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/december/nasa-analysis-11-trillion-gallons-to-replenish-california-drought-losses/
“It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) — around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir — to recover from California’s continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.
The finding was part of a sobering update on the state’s drought made possible by space and airborne measurements and presented by NASA scientists Dec. 16 at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. Such data are giving scientists an unprecedented ability to identify key features of droughts, data that can be used to inform water management decisions.”
And another report states that taps could go dry…
“Could California really run dry? “It often seems impossible to imagine, but tap water shortages are a distinct possibility if mitigation efforts aren’t embraced and droughts become more frequent and intense in the coming years,” meteorologist Steve Bowen of reinsurance firm Aon Benfield told USA Today.
California’s rainy season is drawing to a close — without the rain its residents had been waiting for. Though some climatologists hoped this year’s El Niño system would make a difference, the state remains horribly parched. The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which normally melts through the summer providing nearly a third of the state’s water, is at its second lowest point on record. “It looks like we are on our way to the worst snowpack in history,” Michael Anderson, the state climatologist,told The New York Times, noting that things look “pretty grim.”
So as the state braces for a fourth year of drought, state regulators on Tuesdayimposed new water restrictions, mostly aimed at reminding Californians of the degree of scarcity. For instance, as the AP reports: “Servers in bars, restaurants and cafeterias can’t bring out water with menus and silverware unless customers ask. … The rule is meant to raise conservation awareness more than save water.”The L.A. Times notes that regulators consider this latest round of actions “quite modest.” Some cities, like Los Angeles, already have local rules that are stricter than the new ones being issued by the state.” [end quote]
Is it any wonder that the State that leads the nation in deviant behavior is running dry? Even gentiles are forbidden certain behaviors by Hashem… What are 40 million people going to do when the taps go dry?
Let’s not forget there are hundreds of thousands of Jews living in California… time for those willing to abide by Hashem’s laws to come home….