We are continuing to see the number 613 (a critical number representing G-d's commandments to us in the Torah).
I wrote about this in my post last month (Nov 26).
Yesterday, I randomly looked up at this guy cleaning in front of one of the GW University buildings and there it is...613.
On Sunday, we stopped for something to eat (see receipt total with the scrambled 613 in it)...$16.38.
The principle of divine intervention in everything we do in our lives is a paramount religious belief, and in Judaism, we learn that not a leaf falls from the tree without it coming from G-d.
The times we are living in is certainly not normal with terror and war on nearly every horizon (ISIS, Iran, Russia, North Korea, and China to name just a few around the globe), a growing threat from WMD, the economy in shambles, government debt exploding, energy, mining, and other commodities in free-fall, and global warming continuing to heat things up.
Further, with immense conflict and political dysfunction in how to deal with these challenges, and amazingly little to no resolve to seemingly even address many of them at all, the views and positions are moving toward extremes and the people's emotions seem to range from generalized frustration to genuine fury.
The story isn't over on all these fronts for America or the rest of the world, but I believe even if leadership's heart is hardened and progress seems almost completely stymied in the face of emerging global chaos, G-d is watching and guiding things very closely at this historic time. ;-)
(Source Photos: Andy and Dossy Blumenthal)