Israel Prime Minister Areil Sharon is currently in a coma following a massive stroke. Accordnig to an early report on JM in the AM, Sharon already passed away, but the government is keeping the news a secret until the market closes in Israel (8:30ish AM Eastern) to avoid a possible market crash. I guess we’ll hear if this is true soon enough (consider the source), but in any event, he is not doing well.
If Sharon does pass away from this stroke, I’m going to take the “over” for derashot, articles, and blog posts attributing Sharon’s stroke to the disengagement. I’m figuring something like “just as Sharon stabbed the heart of the Jewish people, so God has smitten Sharon.”
So Sharon isn’t dead yet, but already we see some are refusing to pray on his behalf.