I grew up in New Jersey where it rained almost weekly. The truth is, I have always loved the rain - I would choose to walk in the rain often simply for the wonderful feel of it.
|This is Davidi...picking|
4 years old.
Yesterday, as I was driving to my client's office - it rained just a bit. The radio announced it; the people around me smiled. I saw one person open his car window and put his hand out to catch a drop; I almost did the same.
So today's blessing is for the first rainfall...tiny though it was. We are all hoping that it is a sign that this year the skies will open and pour blessings upon Israel, the the seas will fill, the rivers run wide.
This is a very special year - it is the Shmitta year, that began just a few days ago with the beginning of the new year. Shmitta comes every 7 years - and reminds us that we are truly an ancient people. During Shmitta, we let the land rest, as we rest each week on the seventh day.
So this year in Israel, crops will not be planted, what grows naturally is free for anyone to take. The land will rest...and God willing, the rain will fall. Blessings from the land or more accurately, blessings of the land.