Rain as a Blessing

Ecological balance and our prayer for rain.

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All too often we think big and do little. We pray for a lot only to undermine our own prayers. It is relatively effortless to utter a five-minute prayer for beneficial rain. It requires significantly more effort to live a life that does not transform beneficial showers into destructive storms. Our prayers for beneficial rain are extremely important, and our actions should be consistent with the emphasis of our prayers. Our actions should not undercut the desirable rains and relationship with God we want for ourselves and our children. I want to bless us that we should take up this tremendous challenge of living a Divine-aware and Divine-consistent life, including having an awareness of ecological balance. We and the world will be all the better for it.

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Jonathan Neril

Jonathan Neril is the project manager of the Jewish Environmental Parsha Initiative. He is a rabbinical student in his fourth year of Jewish learning in Israel. He received an MA and BA at Stanford with a focus on global environmental issues.