Oct 23, 2011

Exploring For Diamonds Based on Faith

I saw this news report the other day and was a combination of impressed and amazed by the background.

The report was about a diamond mining company, called Shefa Yamim, being merged with another company. They themselves have unsuccessfully tried to go public in the past.

The background mentioned in the newspaper is that Shefa Yamim was established by a Chabadnik  based completely on the fact that the Lubavitcher Rebbe had said, and they quote "In Haifa there is a sea. People should not be concerned that it is deep - that is the uniqueness of Haifa - that it has a sea and that it has depth and in that depth there are very valuable stones. Hashem did an amazing thing: He hid them there, in the depths underground, deep in the river."

The company, Shefa Yamim, believes the rebbe's words to mean the presence of diamonds in the area of Nahal Kishon, which is actually south-east of Haifa close to Afula.

I am both amazed and impressed by this. Amazed and impressed that they would invest all that money to explore for diamonds and other fancy stones based only on the word of the rebbe. I hope they find it and their emunas chachomim is validated.


  1. I don't really believe in this stuff, but if it worked for Givot Olam
    "מִתְּהוֹם רֹבֶצֶת תָּחַת... מִמֶּגֶד גִּבְעוֹת עוֹלָם"
    I suppose there is a chance it will work for Shefa Yamim.
    "כִּי שֶׁפַע יַמִּים יִינָקוּ וּשְׂפֻנֵי טְמוּנֵי חוֹל"

  2. Not so amazing--didn't Yosef Gutnick follow specific directives of the Rebbe ztz"l regarding diamond mining? It's worked out well for him (and all the people and institutions he supports).

  3. Chaya,

    You may be suffering from the "Jean Dixon effect", where specific achievements are highlighted, while failures are not mentioned or downplayed. I'll take your word about Yosef Gutnick (I've never heard of him, but I've never heard of a lot of things). But how many people followed specific directives of the Rebbe regarding business ventures which turned out to be failures? We'll never know.

    Anyone making wild guesses is bound to be right at least a few times if he makes enough guesses. If we don't talk about the 999 wrong, the 1 out of 1000 guess which happens to be right looks like prophesy.

    Of course, the Rebbe may have had a (much?) higher than average success rate in this area. I wouldn't be surprised if it were true. However, you can't safely draw this conclusion from one case and no relevant context.

  4. why does "valuable stones" have to mean diamonds. the fact is diamonds have a very fake value attached to them to begin with. they are not rare and are strictly expensive due to tight market control and price fixing. many other stones that ought to be more expensive due to their rarity or color or other characteristics aren't simply due to control.

  5. so they will find rubies or emeralds instead of diamonds. same difference. the article mentioned diamonds.


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