News from the Holy-land is that the State of Israel is experiencing an unusually dry rainy season. And while it’s not quite time to panic, should this desert country not receive enough rainfall this winter the people and the government of the Jewish State will certainly have no choice but to carefully manage their limited water resources during the dry months to come.
The two Chief Rabbis of Israel Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau have called on Israelis to recite special prayers for rain and to participate in a prayer-rally or sorts at Judaism’s holiest site, the Western Wall, this Thursday.
I know many will accuse me of being a hypocrite or a closet atheist for saying this, but as someone who in does believe in and celebrates God’s love and blessings everyday through tefiliah, prayer, and who enjoys the many rituals and traditions of Judaism, I find myself troubled by the notion that the right incantations of words can somehow manipulate or appease God into performing magic.
The God who the Torah tells us appeared onto Moshe (Moses), could only be described with adjectives that described the attributes of the Divine Being:
“The Lord! The Lord! God, Compassionate and Gracious, Slow to anger and Abundant in Kindness and Truth, Preserver of kindness for thousands of generations, Forgiver of iniquity, willful sin, and error, and Who Cleanses (but does not cleanse completely, recalling the iniquity of parents upon children and grandchildren, to the third and fourth generations)” (Exodus 34:6-7).