Do not let the past dictate the future. Keep telling yourself, "Whatever happened in the past needed to happen to give me an opportunity to bring G-dly light to the world with my particular victories. Everything that happened is perfect and according to Hashem's agenda."
Live Updates Irma weakens to Category 1 storm as it strikes Tampa
Update: Sunday evening Naples Mayor Bill Barnett says the city was mostly spared by Hurricane Irma, despite catastrophic predictions. "This was definitely worse than Wilma," Barnett said, referring to the major hurricane that hit Naples in 2005. "But the only good thing about it is that the storm surge was minimal."
The storm surge is called dangerous and life-threatening, but what exactly is it?
The National Hurricane Center forecasts water levels up to 15 feet (4 meters) above ground for the Florida Keys island chain and parts of the state's Gulf coast, along with up to 25 inches (63 centimeters) of rain in the Keys.
The flooding threat extended far beyond the path of Irma's eye. The Atlantic coast from Miami to Isle of Palms, South Carolina, could see up to 6 feet (2 meters) of storm surge.
What's at risk?
About 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) of coastline from Tampa Bay to the mid-South Carolina coast could see storm surge. Much of that landscape lies less than 10 feet (3 meters) above sea level, and the surge from Irma could be a few inches higher in some areas.
Much of Florida's southwest coast is uninhabited swampland, including a large section of Everglades National Park.
"The Everglades won't stop the potential flooding to inhabited areas," Rhome said.
North of the Everglades lies Naples, an upscale town of about 22,000 that is also the home of the Florida governor.
The hurricane center's storm surge maps, showing deep inundation for Naples, worried Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.
"Look at Naples, the entire town of Naples is underwater," Klotzbach said. "That is horrible. God that looks awful."
Farther north is the Tampa Bay region, with about 3 million people, a Busch Gardens theme park and baseball spring training grounds for the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays.
Storm surge has accounted for half the U.S. deaths from hurricanes, tropical storms and cyclones over the last half-century, according to a hurricane center study.
The surge helped destroy nearly half the structures along a 40-mile (64 kilometer) stretch of the Florida Keys during the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, which killed over 400 people, including World War I veterans working on a railway project.
Storm surge flooding up to 28 feet (8 meters) above normal tide levels were associated with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, directly or indirectly causing at least 1,500 deaths, according to the hurricane center.
Even tropical storms can cause major coastal flooding. Hurricane Sandy lost its tropical characteristics before making landfall in 2012, but its enormous size drove catastrophic storm surge onto the New Jersey and New York coastlines.
Irma is a storm so large that is sucking beaches dry by changing the shape of the sea. According to Angela Fritz in the Washington Post, Irma is so massive that the core of the storm is taking enough water out of the sea that beaches are being left completely empty. .
A quarter of Florida's population, 6.4 million people, were warned to evacuate low-lying areas.
In Miami, Patricia Magalhaes and her family decided to stay in their high-rise in the waterfront Brickell neighborhood because electricity is typically restored quickly after storms.
"Even if the streets do flood, I have enough supplies for a week without leaving my apartment," she said.
She learned about storm surge's power while living in New York City during Sandy. She was surprised to see cars floating in the streets, and friends living downtown lacked power for weeks.
"I think Miami is more prepared than New York for something like that. I feel safer. We have a plan," Magalhaes said.
Some Jokes and puns to cheer you up
Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!
How does Moses make tea? Hebrews it.
England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
I tried to catch some fog, but I mist
They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Typo.
I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.
Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.
I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.
This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore.
When chemists die, they barium.
I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.
I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.
Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations.
I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.
Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?
When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.
Broken pencils are pointless.
What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.
I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.
I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.
Velcro - what a rip off!
Don't worry about old age; it doesn't last.
On this solemn day, Our Soldiers Speak stands shoulder to shoulder with those victims of the 9/11 terror attacks. We recall those who suffered injury and those whose lives were taken.
We think of those by whom the murdered shall be mourned, forever.
Together with all the house of Israel, we salute, and pay homage to, those brave members of the fire departments, the police departments, the emergency services, the security services and the citizenry of America.
For even as the towers fell, these men and women rose to heights far beyond those for which duty could ever call, to rescue and rebuild a most remarkable city.
You are not alone, and you are never forgotten; neither on this day, nor on any other.
We thank all of those charged with protecting the great United States of America.
In humble solidarity, admiration and benevolence,
Our Soldiers Speak
16 Years later, Israel mourns with US
16 years on, US and Israel mourn 9/11 attacks, laud anti-terror alliance US ambassador praises Israel for standing by America, says relationship strengthened, as relatives read names of victims at Ground Zero in New York By TOI staff and AP September 11, 2017,
Israeli and US servicemen holding a moment of silence for the victims of 9/11 at a memorial outside Jerusalem on September 11, 2017. (Rafi Ben Hakoon)
Holding photos and reading names of loved ones lost 16 years ago, 9/11 victims' relatives and others marked the anniversary of the attacks at Ground Zero on Monday with a solemn and personal ceremony.
In Israel, an estimated 500 people gathered at the KKL-JNF Jewish National Fund's "Living Memorial" in the Jerusalem Hills at the US Embassy's official memorial ceremony for the attacks of September 11, 2001, which took 2,977 lives, including those of five Israelis.
The victims died when hijacked planes slammed into the trade center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, hurling America into a new consciousness of the threat of global terrorism.
Speaking at the 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza in the Arazim Valley outside Jerusalem, US ambassador to Israel David Friedman lauded the strong friendship between US and Israel.
"Israel and the United States will always stand together and fight for the total defeat of radical Islamic terrorism," Friedman said.
"In the 16 years following the disaster in the US, Israel and its allies have strengthened and flourished, while terrorist organizations such as ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Hamas continue to weaken," said Friedman.
Israel "mourned for America" in the wake of the attacks, he added, noting that the Jewish state was the only country other than the US to erect a memorial with all of the victims' names.
US Ambassador in Israel David Friedman at the 9/11 memorial in Israel on September 11. 2017. (Matty Stern/US Embassy Tel Aviv)
Knesset opposition leader Isaac Herzog also attended the ceremony, along with other Israeli officials. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, in Israel on a visit, attended as well.
"9/11 was not only an attack on the US, but on democracy and freedom. Israel and the US are bound forever by these basic values," Herzog said.
In New York, about a thousand 9/11 family members, survivors, rescuers and officials were gathered as the ceremony at the World Trade Center began with a moment of silence and tolling bells.
Then, relatives began reading out the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the deadliest terror attack on American soil.
Thousands of 9/11 victims' relatives, survivors, rescuers and others were due on September 11, 2017 to gather at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center to remember the deadliest terror attack on American soil in which nearly 3,000 people died when hijacked planes slammed into the trade center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pa., on September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
As they read, some said they couldn't believe 16 years had passed since a tragedy that still seemed, on the anniversary, so present.
Some had never even had a chance to meet the relatives they lost.
"I wish more than anything that I could have met you," Ruth Daly said, her voice breaking, after she read names in remembrance of her slain grandmother, Ruth Sheila Lapin. "I'm very proud to be your namesake. I hope you're watching down on me from heaven."
Others hoped for a return to the unity they sensed after the attacks. Magaly Lemagne, who lost her brother, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Officer David Prudencio Lemagne, wept silently before collecting herself to speak.
"Our country came together that day. And it did not matter what color you were, or where you were from," she said. "I hope as we commemorate the 16th anniversary of 9/11, everyone will stop for a moment and remember all the people who gave their lives that day.
"Maybe then we can put away our disagreements and become one country again."
Palestinian Authority Arrests Hebron Arab for Hosting MK Yehuda GlickBy David Israel - 20 Elul 5777 – September 11,
The Palestinian Authority security services on Sunday arrested Mohammed Saber Jaber, a resident of Hebron, who hosted MK Yehuda Glick (Likud) at his home on Eid al-Adha (holiday of the sacrifice) a week ago. According to Ha'aretz, Jaber's relative issued announcements in mosques and on social networks that they are boycotting him because he allowed Glick into his home.
According to PA security officials who spoke to Ha'aretz, the reason for the arrest was the fact that Glick posted pictures of himself with Jaber and his family on Facebook. They estimate that the man who dared to serve tea to Glick—who was the target of an assassination attempt for his role in spreading longing for the Temple Mount among Jews—would undergo a couple of weeks of interrogations in prison and then let go.
Glick told Haaretz that Jaber's arrest proves that the PA is not seeking peace in earnest, and that the arrest was baseless. "This is a peace activist I met through the head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Haifa, and I came to greet him on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, and I am sorry that this is what happened," Glick said.
Glick said that he had contacted the head of the IDF Central Command, Major General Roni Numa, and other Israeli officials, requesting that they act at once to get him released.