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.