A Rainy Yom Kippur? Such Things Happen

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Ask any Israeli what the weather is usually like on Purim, when kiddies and parents work tirelessly on costumes, make-up and other festive visages. "It usually rains," they would moan. Ask them what the weather is like on Yom Kippur and they'll grouse that it's always hot. Extremely hot, rendering fasting a dangerous undertaking.

Not this year. According to forecasts, starting Wednesday - Yom Kippur eve - rain is predicted in the morning along the coast and from afternoon, local showers are expected in the north. Light rain may even fall on Yom Kippur itself on Thursday.

As for what the rest of the autumn and ensuing winter, the rainy season in Israel, will bring is anybody's guess. Climate change has rendered weather forecasting all the more unreliable, not to mention thankless. 

So by all means pray this Yom Kippur, but you won't have to pray for rain.

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