Chodesh Tov, wishing you all a happy new month, the Jewish month of Kislev! Rosh Chodesh, (rosh means head, chodesh means month) the first day of the month, is a special day which includes special prayers in the synagogue, a half day of school and maybe a special meal or activity for the family. Today I treated my kids with hot chocolate ready and waiting as they came in the door as it was positively pouring, like really really pouring! Where you live you may wish that it sometimes rained a bit less, but here in Israel, the more rain the better. For us given our hillside location that generally means streams of water flowing like rivers down the stairs that surround our house, and down the street a few stories down the hill, an actually very lovely experience as we really get to witness the shear quantity of rain.
As it turns out that we were in such a bad situation with no rain, that if this had been the case during the time that the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem everyone would have needed to fast, if it still hadn't rained today. Sadly we have no such Temple today, and happily it did rain, something like 7 inches overnght, which is a nice amount. It is amazing how the weather just quickly tuns to winter here, and my kids scrambled into the attic to bring down the boxes of scarves and gloves and of course all of my crocheted creations for winter, ahhh so much fun!