by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
Israel is a land of seasonal rains. In the Shemona Esrai (the standing silent prayer), during the winter we add “the winds should blow and the rains fall”. We add and remove this according to the start and end of the raining season in the land of Israel.
The first time we add this, we say an additional prayer, “tefilas geshem”, the prayer for rain…
…For blessing and not for a curse,
…For life and not for death,
…For plenty and not for scarcity.
Israel is undergoing severe rain levels, the heaviest in a generation. Thank G-d, very very few have been injured or killed (ok, the guy who kayaked down the Tel Aviv flood canal brought it on himself), but the destruction levels are growing.
For plenty…got it!
For life…thank G-d, got it!
For blessing… umm, damage is growing.
(Photo – Tel Aviv’s Ayalon highway and train lines completely flooded.)
Another 2 days of heavy rains are scheduled per the weather predictors (and it’s certainly continuing to heavily rain as I write).
Your prayers for minimal damage and impact throughout the land of Israel would be appreciated.
On the positive side, Israel’s decade of drought is clearly over. Last year had a full rain load, and this year… beyond with winter less than 1/2 way.
HOWEVER, national water rates went up today! (Government reacting to drought conditions to force water conservation.) Typical government reaction speed.