I must be the last person on the blogosphere to wake up o the mind-numbing disaster that Hurricane Katrina wreaked on the Gulf Coast. I just finished watching an hour of coverage on CNN. There just aren't words. The only thing I can think of, perhaps because it's the first day of Elul, is that if people needed to learn humility and our interdependence, then this was a very bitter (but efective) way to learn it. Humanity, at the end of the day, is very fragile and weak. That's why we're supposed to learn and act with a combination of חסד and גבורה. Thank God people are rolling up their sleeves to help.
(Then, of course, there are the intellectually challenged who "know" why terrible things happen. God save us from such geniuses. And Thanks to OrthoMom for reporting and commenting on this.)