However, I would like to draw attention to another, more original aspect of his little speech, which hasn't received as much attention, and which I take particular exception to. Maran said:
“There was a tsunami and there are terrible natural disasters, because there isn’t enough Torah study… black people reside there (in New Orleans). Blacks will study the Torah? (God said) let’s bring a tsunami and drown them.”As bad as it sounds in English, it sounds even worse in Hebrew, as the word he used for 'black people' ('kushim') is basically the Hebrew N-word (although, sadly, quite widely used).
“Hundreds of thousands remained homeless. Tens of thousands have been killed. All of this because they have no God.”
This racism -- from one the supposedly greatest rabbis of our generation -- is simply too disgusting for words. Draw your own conclusions.