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Saturday, March 16, 2013

This is One Thing I Wouldn't Blame on Obama

During my thirteen 13 years as Shiloh's Girls Gym Teacher, I was careful to obey the rule that said it's forbidden to have outdoor lessons when the temperature is over 30 degrees Centigrade.

Friday was a hot  spring day.  In Tel Aviv, up to 36 degrees centigrade where they were having their Half Marathon.  One runner died and others were hospitalized.
Tel Aviv half-marathon ends in tragedy after runner dies

Man in his early 30s collapses from heat stroke, medical crews unable to save him • Over 50 runners hospitalized, 12 in critical condition • Tel Aviv mayor: Obama's visit made event impossible to postpone* • "Writing was on the wall," says health expert.

They didn't expect such summer weather.  Looking at the Christian calendar, people were surprised that we had such hot weather in the middle of March, but if you look at the Jewish Calendar, and it's very common for there to be summer weather early in the month of Nissan, just over a week before Passover.  We almost always have some very hot weather this time of the Jewish Year. 

The organizers should have thought of what's best for the runners and cancelled the race.  And from now on, they should schedule according to the Jewish Calendar and have it before Purim.  Yes, it may rain, but it doesn't snow in Tel Aviv.

*emphasis mine

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