We are right in the middle of Chanukah, entering Shabbat Chanukah in a few hours, so here is a special, Chanukah-themed Good News Friday post.
Looking at my post from last year, I find I can begin with almost the same paragraph! What happened last year that was repeated this year?
It has been raining. This is good news in Israel. But not gentle, English-style rain, but rainstorm of almost tropical proportions. After a very hot dry October, and an almost equally dry and unseasonably warm November, and even the first half of December, Hashem decided to have the last laugh on us and dumped practically the entire season’s rainfall on us on one afternoon (only very slightly exaggerating). I know we need the rain, and our reservoirs and the Kinneret need refilling, so I feel bad complaining… but please? Couldn’t the rain be spread out a bit more evenly? Especially when sadly the heavy rains claimed the lives of 2 men who were swept away in the floods.
This rain this week brought the heaviest single-day rainfall in northern Israel since records have been kept. As of Thursday evening, the Sea of Galilee had risen 8.5 cm (3.35 inches), mostly as a result of a downpour that dropped some 65 mm (2.56 inches) of rain.
The northern Golan Heights saw 150 mm (5.9 inches) of rain, which increased the water levels and flow in the Jordan River and the creeks on the Golan Heights.
Snow blanketed the Mt. Hermon ski site in the first serious snowfall of the season:
Meanwhile back to today, here is a cute video from the brilliant a capella band Six 13 – A Star Wars Chanukah!
Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom, Chodesh tov and Chanukah Same’ach!