Enough With The Heat!!!!!

Today is the 7th of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, and according to our prayerbooks, it is officially the time to start to pray for rain. (Yes, we already say Mashiv HaRuach u’Morid HaGeshem, but now we say this AND Ten Tal u’Matar L’bracha).

We wait to say the second prayer for a few weeks after the holiday of Sukkot, because we want to give the pilgrims to Jerusalem time to get home safely before it rains. (Traveling by donkey and cart took a lot longer than by car, even with traffic jams…)

So this is why I am extremely frustrated with the heat wave we are having again.

It must be in my blood. I grew up in Upstate New York, where winter is ALWAYS around the corner. Take a look at this picture, of snow in central New York on Mother’s Day (May 10, 2010!) and you may understand.

I also pine for the changing leaves in the fall (this is the ONLY thing I miss about America). If you share my longing, here is a great site with breathtaking pictures.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Risa
    Oct 14, 2010 @ 18:11:58

    I don NOT miss the hard winter. But in 2008 we went to a family wedding and Pennsylvania and NY/NJ had a late fall and we saw fall for the first time since 1973 (also for a wedding). I realized how much I miss it!

  2. faith/emuna
    Oct 16, 2010 @ 19:37:04

    what about sundays?

  3. Batya
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 05:43:18

    It did rain just before Shabbat Noach, and then there were major electric “outages.” The Electric Co. needs time to repair and do maintanence. So, G-d willing next rain, in a few days, won’t cause so many problems. http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2010/10/not-usual-shabbat-sabbath-soundtrack.html

  4. westbankmama
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 14:25:21

    Risa – I agree with you, I wouldn’t like snow 8 months of the year, but a little bit of fall would be nice…

    Faith – yes, I miss Sundays too, but not as much as I used to

    Batya – I certainly hope we get more rain soon

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