An intense forest fire in Israel has resulted in 41 tragic deaths. It was started by two teenagers who left a bonfire unattended. Although the real world causation and negligence is clear, one of Israel’s leading rabbis contends that God stoked the fire because many Israelis are not observing the sabbath. By this twisted reasoning, the teenagers are to be commended as agents of God. Misfortune and metaphysics have long been handmaidens.