Last winter, we had record rainfall in the winter rainy season, ending many years of drought that endangered the ecology of Israel’s largest natural water reservoir, the Sea of the Galilee. We still had water to drink and wash the car, thanks to Israel’s desalinization plants.
This year, and we’re not even half-way January, we already had a one-meter rise of the Lake and with another 2 meters, the reservoir is full.
Rain is a supreme sign of G^d’s grace because it quenches both the holy and the wicked (and everyone in-between).
I recognize gratefulness as a fundamental part of the Jewish Faith. If you’re not happy to be alive, to be a Jew, to be born in this time, and thank G^d for this and all, then what would it mean to be a (religious) Jew?
In these years of more life-threatening droughts than ever, the amount we are receiving now is an open miracle. You can be an Atheist and still notice.
A second-in-a-row year of record rainfall in Israel and where are the rabbis? When there was a drought for years, we had to pray extra and beseech the Heavens to give us. Now we asked and received, where is the urgent call to express our gratefulness? Where is the massive prayer service at the Wailing Wall to thank and acknowledge the L^rd of the universe’s protection and grace?
Are we just a bunch of voracious complainers?
Meanwhile, while the holy men of the cloth slumber, we may do our individual part. Talk to the rabbi of your shul. Talk to everyone who listens to you (blog about it), and say with extra fervor and intent what we say in the second blessing of our trice-a-day main prayer: You alone are the One Who makes the wind blow and makes the rain come down. Thank G^d.