Friday, October 30, 2009

Shabbat Shalom


Tel Aviv is flooded !
You cannot imagine how much it has been raining here since last night.
"Mar Cheshvan" is the month when Noach's Flood started and also ended, and, at the moment, Tel Aviv looks like doomsday. Not due to its sins but in Israel, rain mostly is seen as a blessing. Especially now we need it because the winter periods have been almost dry for the past years. The country even though of importing water from Turkey, as the Kinneret (Sea of Galilae) is drying out.

Any water up in the sky is flushing down on Tel Aviv right now but I think that in Jerusalem it won't be much better. A cold, stormy and rainy Shabbat is awaiting us. However, be grateful and thank G - d for letting it rain, as it says in the "Shema Prayer".

Soon I am going to take the bus back to Jerusalem and don't ask what my plans are. Due to the rain and not the Isur (forbidden) to use an umbrella on Shabbat,  everything has to be planned according to the rain. Although still relatively warm, winter has caught us.

In a way, I love this melancholic darker season. Sitting inside and reading a book instead of having the drive to go to the beach and just getting fried from the sun.
I am glad that it is almost Shabbat because in this weather, the chicken soup is more than tasty.

"Shabbat Shalom - Gut Schabbes" to all of you !

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