Once again there will be no Good News Friday post. There has been more sad news in our wider family and I am simply not in the mood for a jolly post.
But Shabbat is coming and we do have one very great reason to celebrate: it’s raining! This is a matter of huge import in Israel despite our being a world center for desalination. We also take our rainfall very seriously on a religious level. We pray for rain at the end of Sukkot, and if the rain does not appear by Chanukah, we add another prayer for rain to our daily tefilot.
Straight after Chanukah, on the fast of Asara beTevet, a mass prayer rally was held at the Kotel – and the Minister for Agriculture Uri Ariel called on the public to bring umbrellas, so sure was he that G-d would heed our prayers:
Ariel noted that the country has seen less rain this year than on average and it appears the arid conditions, which come against the background of the last four years of drought, will continue.
“I call on the public to participate in this event on the 10th of Tevet… and to bring umbrellas, because together we will tear open the gates of Heaven,” the minister said.
And it looks as if G-d has heard our prayers and answered them by the bucketful!
The Times of Israel reports on two children rescued from the roof of their car stuck in flooding, and also all the other difficulties arising from the massive rainfall.
But to show a lighter side to the rain:
The caption read: “Regarding the expected storm on Friday, I don’t want to worry you but my friend walked past the Safari in Ramat Gan, he said he saw the animals organizing themselves into two by two…” 😀
May we all enjoy גשמי ברכה – rains of blessing, may they bring down their blessings from Heaven onto the Land of Israel, so that we may enjoy the fruits of this land.
May we know no more sorrow, and only have smachot from now on.
Shabbat Shalom everyone!