Jewish Preppers?

Some people finding our website may be wondering what is a Prepper and why does it have a religious affiliation? Well the short answer is...A Prepper is the modern day survivalist. It's not (necessarily) a right-wing militiaman preparing for Armageddon in the boondocks of Montana. But better represented by a normal, educated, middle class individual perhaps living in the most urban of cities, preparing themselves physically and mentally for any upcoming disaster, natural or man-made. This could include anything from earthquakes to volcanic eruptions, social unrest to an act of terrorism. Preparations include: food supply, medical supply, weapons supply etc. and the knowledge and skills to use them. Of course, a Jewish Prepper is just a designation for a small niche of the Prepper Community that is of the Jewish Faith. We are non-profit and nonpartisan. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Biblical Sources

Just to add two more Biblical sources to David's posting regarding the first preppers:

Prior to Joseph storing food for seven years...

When Esau was to meet up with Jacob. He feared that he would be killed and took the initiative to divide his family, flock and belongings into two camps. Should one camp be overridden the other would survive.

The second example, and perhaps the most famous, is that of Noah and his preparations for hundreds of years for the eventual flood and destruction of the world!

I'm sure there are many more examples from the Torah. Please let us know what you can come up with...

1 comment:

Alex Shrugged said...

Hmm... there are several lessons that Jacob/Israel learned: make a deal but check the results. Jacob agreed to work seven years in order to marry Rachel but the father slipped in Rachel's older sister instead. This is why the groom always bedecks the bride (places the veil) prior to the wedding. Or as President Reagan said, "Trust but verify!" :-)

Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of beans. There is a lesson there. If you go into the wilderness unprepared, you may be willing to sell-out your entire future for a day's meager existence. The lesson is to prepare first so that you are not placed in that position willingly.