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Monday, December 6, 2010

Praying for A Very Wet and Muddy Rosh Chodesh Tevet

Praying for a wet and muddy Rosh Chodesh Tevet!
 בע"ה יהיה רטוב! ראש חודש טבת
תפילת נשים בתל שילה
ראש חודש טבת
יום ג' 7-12 9:30
יהיה דבר תורה
Women’s Prayers
Rosh Chodesh Tevet at Tel Shiloh
Tuesday, 7-12, 9:30am
There will be a Dvar Torah
There’s an 8:30 Egged bus from Jerusalem
Please let me know if you’ll be taking it.
Please publicize this invitation, thanks
יש אוטובוס אגד ב-8:30 מירושלים
נא להודיע לי אם את נוסעת בו
גם נא לפרסם את ההזמנה הזאת, תודה


G-d willing we'll have to pray indoors or maybe we'll tramp throught the mud as the sun shines for an hour in between the rainfalls.


Last Rosh Chodesh, Kislev, we were horrified to see the blackened areas of the Tel Shiloh. Electric Company workers had accidentally started a fire early in Cheshvan. We had naively believed that there would be green growth by now on Rosh Chodesh Tevet. This was probably the driest Kislev recorded, unless today and tomorrow are blessed with a month's rain.




Our fire was nothing in comparisan to the one in the Carmel, but all fires are bad and potentially very dangerous.  The fire at Tel Shiloh wasn't near the buildings, thank G-d.  And considering the massive size and lack of control during the Carmel fire, it's miraculous that more people weren't killed or injured.  G-d has been very good to us.

It's obvious that G-d is trying to wake us up, and a gentle tap on the shoulder hasn't sufficed so far, so there has been a change in gears.

This morning the sky is a welcome grey, heavy clouds and the odor of rain to come.  G-d willing, the Heavens will open and we'll be blessed with rain, so next month on Rosh Chodesh Shvat, Tel Shiloh will greet us green and flowered.

חודש טוב
חג אורים שמח
Chodesh Tov
Chag Urim Same'ach
Have a Good Month
and an Enlightened Holiday

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Hadassa said...

Shalom!
Two thoughts crossed my mind as the rain started to fall:
How much we had to suffer before we were granted rain.
How many people were praying for the safety of Israel, the People and the Land.

I remember one case of a month's rain falling in a day. I was in fact, an entire season's worth of rain and it fell in Haifa several years ago. The university was severely flooded.

Batya said...

Hadassa, I agree. I also assumed that we'd have some rain at the end of the fire, but it was more symbolic. We need lots more rain. And I've heard no recognition of G-d's power from our earthly leaders.