AP Photo-Ariel Schalit

At about 2:30 pm today, while the sun was still high in the sky and the air was still warm, raindrops started to fall.
As cliche as it sounds, it really did feel like t
ears from heaven. 

Then it started to pick up steam.
Still light and sunny…but heavy rain. 

The smell was incredible. 

Then boom.  

Earth and window shaking thunder. A lot of it. 

Jews have a prayer for everything.
I said the blessing on thunder: 

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’ אֱלֹקֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁכֹּחוֹ וּגְבוּרָתוֹ מָלֵא עוֹלָם
Blessed are You, G‑d our L‑rd, King of the universe Whose power and might fill the world

As I said the blessing and did a quick analysis of loud, earth shaking activity in my mind, I realized that these are booms and cracks of a higher order. 

These are the sounds and vibrations of a heaven and earth I do not fear. 

These are the work of a power I trust. 

(May the weather You create only help our soldiers in their mission, I added).

In other news. Today was hard.
The energy is super heavy.
Our boys are in. Not all of them, but a lot of them.
It’s tense.

My ADD, which is generally low grade, is on full display.
If I’m not deeply engrossed in work or a project, I feel lost.

There are so many layers of reality co-existing.
I get a physical feeling of jet lagged just from transitioning from thought to thought, from thing to thing.  

I’m okay.
It’s hard to turn down the volume sometimes.
Even the quiet feels as loud as thunder. 

It’s just weather. It’ll pass.

Lyla tov to you all.

P.S. Here’s a very inspiring video about Jewish unity that my dear friend Sara Esther shared with me.