Dec 11, 2013

PSA: Stop davening for rain

The Rabbanut recently instructed the public to daven for rain. It looked like we were going to be entering a state of drought, and the time had come to start saying the special prayers for rain. Last week there was even a mass-tefilla session at the kotel scheduled, though it was canceled at the last minute because a significant rain had fallen.

Now, with the "Storm of the Century", a.k.a "Storm Avremele" (using the naming convention of storms in the USA starting with the beginning of the alphabet) upon us, the Rabbanut has instructed the public, via the two chief rabbis, to finally stop saying the special aneinu prayer for rain.

Not only that, but they also said the time has come to say the special prayer thanking Hashem for the bountiful rains.

The text of the prayer is below:

מודים אנחנו לך ה' (השם) אלקינו על כל טיפה וטיפה שהורדת לנו, ואִלּוּ פִינוּ מָלֵא שִׁירָה כַּיָּם. וּלְשׁונֵנוּ רִנָּה כַּהֲמון גַּלָּיו. וְשפְתותֵינוּ שֶׁבַח כְּמֶרְחֲבֵי רָקִיעַ. וְעֵינֵינוּ מְאִירות כַּשֶּׁמֶשׁ וְכַיָּרֵחַ. וְיָדֵינוּ פְרוּשות כְּנִשְׁרֵי שָׁמָיִם. וְרַגְלֵינוּ קַלּות כָּאַיָּלות. אֵין אֲנַחְנוּ מַסְפִּיקִים לְהודות לְךָ ה' אֱלהֵינוּ וֵאלהֵי אֲבותֵינוּ. וּלְבָרֵךְ אֶת שְׁמֶךָ עַל אַחַת מֵאֶלֶף אַלְפֵי אֲלָפִים וְרִבֵּי רְבָבות פְּעָמִים. הַטּובות שֶׁעָשיתָ עִם אֲבותֵינוּ וְעִמָּנוּ: מִמִּצְרַיִם גְּאַלְתָּנוּ ה' אֱלהֵינוּ. וּמִבֵּית עֲבָדִים פְּדִיתָנוּ. בְּרָעָב זַנְתָּנוּ. וּבְשבָע כִּלְכַּלְתָּנוּ. מֵחֶרֶב הִצַּלְתָּנוּ. וּמִדֶּבֶר מִלַּטְתָּנוּ. וּמֵחֳלָיִם רָעִים וְנֶאֱמָנִים דִּלִּיתָנוּ: עַד הֵנָּה עֲזָרוּנוּ רַחֲמֶיךָ. וְלא עֲזָבוּנוּ חֲסָדֶיךָ וְאַל תִּטְּשֵׁנוּ ה' אֱלהֵינוּ לָנֶצַח: מִמִּצְרַיִם גְּאַלְתָּנוּ ה' אֱלהֵינוּ. וּמִבֵּית עֲבָדִים פְּדִיתָנוּ. בְּרָעָב זַנְתָּנוּ. וּבְשבָע כִּלְכַּלְתָּנוּ. מֵחֶרֶב הִצַּלְתָּנוּ. וּמִדֶּבֶר מִלַּטְתָּנוּ. וּמֵחֳלָיִם רָעִים וְנֶאֱמָנִים דִּלִּיתָנוּ: עַד הֵנָּה עֲזָרוּנוּ רַחֲמֶיךָ. וְלא עֲזָבוּנוּ חֲסָדֶיךָ וְאַל תִּטְּשֵׁנוּ ה' אֱלהֵינוּ לָנֶצַח: עַל כֵּן אֵבָרִים שֶׁפִּלַּגְתָּ בָּנוּ. וְרוּחַ וּנְשָׁמָה שֶׁנָּפַחְתָּ בְּאַפֵּינוּ. וְלָשׁון אֲשֶׁר שמְתָּ בְּפִינוּ. הֵן הֵם. יודוּ וִיבָרְכוּ אֶת שִׁמְךָ מַלְכֵּנוּ. ברוך אתה ה' (השם) אל רוב ההודאות.



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7 comments:

  1. If you think about it, which is worse for the Israeli economy - little rainfall, requiring extra desalination of sea water and irrigation for farmers, or these storms, which cause millions of shekels in property damage, disrupt travel, discourage shopping, delay construction, and keep people from many tourist sites?

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  2. IMO, it is too early to stop praying for rain. This is just one storm. Next week is supposed to be colder, but with less rain. Who knows what will come after this if we will have more weeks of dryness.

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  3. Is there a reason why they repeated from ממצרים until לנצח twice?

    The Shulhan Aruch doesn't say to do this, nor did I see so in any commentaries unless I missed it. Is it a misprint or is there a source for this?

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    1. one for each chief rabbi? :-)

      I have no idea. I didnt pay such close attention to the text (I didnt say it yet), but I will see if I can find out

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  4. It seems that most areas of the country have already received 10% of the annual average and the storm is not half over yet. Yalla, bring it on :-)

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    1. The stats will undoubtedly look better tomorrow - but as of this morning most areas of the country aren't even up to the equivalent of the annual average for this portion of the year. By that reckoning we're still behind.

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