Greeks learn in order to comprehend.
Hebrews learn in order to revere.

~ Abraham Joshua Heschel

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Let the Rains Begin!

Hello everyone. Well, the weather here is beginning to change and the raining has begun. It seems it’s actually a bit earlier than usual but the last couple days we’ve had several short bouts of rain. Typically in Jerusalem there is a completely dry season from about mid-April to mid-October, and then a very wet and rainy season from mid-October to mid-April. During the wet season, Jerusalem averages 24 inches of rain! We have already noticed some things that may be a bit challenging during these next months of rain. One is drying clothes. We’ve had Denyon’s diapers on the line now for about 24 hours and they’ve been rained on about four times…maybe they’ll dry eventually. Also, we’ve got our umbrellas and backpack rain covers ready for our numerous walks in the rain to and from school and elsewhere. Fortunately, Denyon’s stroller has a rain cover too so hopefully he’ll make it through the season without getting drenched. Also, the Jerusalem limestone (practically all the sidewalks are composed of this) gets extremely slippery when wet so hopefully we’ll make it through without any nasty falls. Lastly, when it rains, it stirs up even more dust and some sort of white chalky particles that easily make their way onto everything! Today, while eating lunch, a large breeze came through our apartment and left us with a table full of what looked like white ashes. Delicious! At home, it’s easy to avoid inclement weather by just staying inside, staying in your car, using the dryer, etc. However here we either have to face the elements or just wear dirty clothes…or both! Until next time!

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