Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Incredible Light Show

My husband and publisher, Israel Katz, and I were on our way home tonight from a very joyous Bar Mitzvah celebration, when exactly at the Gush Etzion Junction, the sky lit up with the most fantastic lightning I had every seen. It was the biggest and most interesting shaped bolt. It showed off across the entire sky in every direction - a special effect that would make Steve Spielberg jealous. It was followed by another and another and another.
We simultaneously recited the blessing, "Blessed are You, Hashem, our G-d, King of the Universe, Who makes the work of Creation." And then suddenly a humongous and harmonious set of thunder claps, and we said, "Blessed are You, Hashem, our G-d, King of the Universe, for His strength and His power fill the Universe."
The lightning and thunder continued and I tried to photograph the light show outside my car, but I failed dismally. I just kept missing it. The photo at the top is a long lightning bold, but it does not have as much personality as the ones that Israel and I saw tonight.
We drove home and B"H there is a river on the main street of my town. The water is rushing down the hill, a few inches thick. Hooray, B"H, let it continue.
My friend Yossie Baumol, who is a director of the Chevron Jewish community, said that the rain is a positive reaction to today's ruling by the High Court of Justice that the Jews living in the Army base in Chevron may continue living there, as they have for the past 20 years.
Well, that is indeed a reason for the skies to rejoice.
Let us keep giving Heaven reasons to rejoice and send down Blessed Rain.
Wow, listen to that!!! It's lightning and thundering again.
Enjoy the rain!!!!!!

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