As I am composing my thoughts, I am listening to the rain, drip, drip, drip. We are so blessed to have rainfall, even as we may need to rearrange ourselves as we try to have outdoor visits. We know that without adequate rain, much vegetation around us will suffer. What is the geshem, the rainfall, that we our souls need to thrive, to not wither? For many, if not most of us, we need the steady drip of human connection, of everything from hugs with our dear friends, to dinner parties, to hosting parties for our children. We have had to reinvent ways to stay connected. Zoom is one platform but there are others to explore. Building bubbles may feel tenuous, but bubbles also have tensile strength. Here is a fun experiment. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bring-science-home-best-bubbles/
Think of Noach – on the Ark with his family. Talk about social and physical isolation! They needed to separate themselves from the plague of evil that had descended to earth. Send me your ideas that have enabled you to build your own Ark, your own bubble and let’s share how we can stay connected with our dear ones.
And let us all remember that the blessing of rainfall also becomes the blessing of that sip of water when we are thirsty. We have a whole series of blessings we recite over particular foods, but we often forget that one of the most important moments of gratitude we can voice is for a simple glass of mayim, of water. We recite the shehakol blessing which is said over all foods that don’t grow from the ground – everything from candy to eggs, from meat to candies. This week, as we are in Noach, that story of waters overflowing the earth, let’s remember the blessing of water in our lives.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה י‑יָ אֱ‑לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁהַכֹּל נִהְיָה בִּדְבָרוֹ:
Baruch Atah Adonay, Eloheinu Melech Ha’Olam shehakol ni’hi’yah be’d’varo.
Blessed are You, God our God, King of the universe, by Whose word all things came to be
Love to all,