You can see the wind here.
I hung out clothes this morning for a few reasons. One is that we need clean clothes; the hampers are full. There's another wash in the machine as I type this. So far, no rain today, so there's a chance the wash will dry. But the most important, and probably the most peculiar reason, is that maybe this laundry will in a Murphy sort of way bring on the rain.
'If anything can go wrong, it will'.G-d forbid you should think that I consider rain as something going "wrong," but we did have a rainy winter the year I refused to carry an umbrella.
So far, most of this winter, which began a month and a half ago, has been with clear blue skies like in the picture I took last week.
Just to remind all of you who pray, we need those prayers for rain here in the HolyLand. According to Jewish Law, the text of the Amida, 18 Blessing Prayer, said three times a day includes a request for rain. One of the most sacrilegious questions to rabbis is the one from people who don't live in the HolyLand and want to know why they have to pray for rain when rain in their neighborhood isn't in their best interests. That question shows a total lack of understanding of the basic principles of Judaism. It ignores the total centrality of the Land of Israel in the Jewish Religion.
The theme, narrative of the first part of the Bible, the Torah, the Five Books of Moses relate the beginnings of the Jewish People and G-d's commandments to us. We are told in Bereishit, Genesis, Genesis 12,1-17,27 that we, starting with Abraham, his family and followers, are supposed to go to the Land G-d will show us.
א וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל-אַבְרָם, לֶךְ-לְךָ מֵאַרְצְךָ וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ, אֶל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר אַרְאֶךָּ.
1 Now the LORD said unto Abram: 'Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto the land that I will show thee.
G-d gives us the rain as a gift, also quantity and timing as reward and punishment for our collective merit or guilt as a People. That means that it's not enough just to pray, we must, as individuals and a people, repent, do teshuva. G-d willing we will deserve the blessings, and it will rain in the right time and quantity.