Morid hatal!

I’ve probably written about this before, but I just love it when the flip-flop line in G’vurot (Morid hatal in spring/summer and Mashiv haruach umorid hagashem) actually lines up with a chnage in the weather within a few days. We changed to Morid hatal last week with the coming of Pesach, and today is a damn fine spring day!


10 responses to “Morid hatal!

  1. You have tied Morid Hatal and Morid Hageshem to your local weather. This works for me. But here’s my question for you: If you were davening in the southern hemisphere, would you swap ’em around?

  2. That’s tough. My initial reaction was to say, “Yes, I would.” I believe that one of the great triumphs of observing the traditional Jewish calendar in our time is that you end with a greater appreciation of the cycles of the Earth and the ecosystem.

    So I’m tempted to yeah, but then you’d have to follow that through to it’s logical conclusion: A complete rearrangement of the entire Jewish calendar. All of Pesach would need to be moved so that it would stay a Spring rebirth holiday.

    Not even Chanukah would be spared. As a holiday of lights, it would need to stay in the Winter, whenever the Winter might be.

    This is quite thought-provoking. I’m gonna have to think more on this.

  3. What about in the tropics?

  4. We changed to Morid hatal last week with the coming of Pesach, and today is a damn fine spring day!

    How about now? :(

  5. High of 60 yesterday and a high of 64 forecasted for today. I’m not complaining.

  6. So is the inclusion of a time-based prayer about (a) acknowledging the agrarian roots of the Jewish people, and tying our theology and liturgy to the (physical) Land of Israel, or (b) tying our corporeal world to the heavenly world – wherever we are?

    If it’s (a), then it doesn’t matter where in the world you are, we should all read the same piece at the same time. If it’s (b), then you should tie the liturgy to the realities of where you are at any given moment. To be honest, I think it’s a lot of (a) with a little dose of (b). But (b) is the midrash to (a). So I would argue that all Jews should follow the same liturgical calendar.

    I think the Chanukah issue is simple – it’s a holiday of lights, but it is tied to a specific event on a specific date in a specific place. I don’t think it matters where you are, as it is commemorating a very specific thing and should be done at the same time by all (which to an extent, is why I think all Jews should celebrate chagim for the same number of days…)

  7. Good thinking, Jesse. Good comment.

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  9. Sorry to come so late to the party, but a related question is very much on my mind right now as I work on a d’var Torah I’m preparing for the Shabbat after Shavuoth.

    Because the second day of Shavuoth falls on Shabbat, (my congregation follows Reform practice and does not observe the second day), the schedule of parshiyot as listed on the URJ web site varies from that listed on (lehavdil) the Chabad web site. I am told this stems from a Reform ideological wish to identify more with Israel and thus follow its one-day yom tov minhag, rather than follow Diaspora minhag. For reasons not totally clear to me, the Vaad (managing committee) of our Kahal has elected to go with the Diaspora schedule, so my d’var will be on Bahaaltocha rather than on Naso II. So the issue here is should we be synchronizing with Israel or with our neighbors.

    But no such issue really pertains when it comes to tal vs. geshem. Their excision from the liturgy was directly tied to the anti-Zionism of the early Reformers and their return in Mishkan T’fila has been identified by the editorial committee as one of the examples in MT of more articulate references to our ties to Zion.

    I think it’s totally kosher for David to call attention to a lovely coincidence where the liturgy conforms to our immediate reality, but to make that kind of conformity an organizing principle would be glatt treif.

    Meanwhile, here in Chicago, we have the geshem and the winter temperatures back after a brief fling with spring. But of course, here in Chicago the conventional wisdom tells us there are two seasons, winter and August.

  10. Here are two posts on the “2nd day” of Shavuot issue.

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