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Posted at 2:15 PM ET, 11/12/2010

Jews, Muslims, Christians pray for rain in West Bank

By Jason Samenow

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A five year drought motivated a rare interfaith prayer service yesterday in Al-Walajah, a Palestinian village between Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the West Bank, also part of Israel's Jerusalem municipality. The Media Line - a news service in the Middle East - set the context:

The rainy season should have begun over a month ago, but the skies remain blue on this November afternoon. In a land that has seen much bloodshed and no few miracles, these devout believe that now more than ever is the time for divine intervention.

Rabbi Menachem Froman - one of the clerics at the service - told The Media Line: "According to our traditions, the Jewish and the Islam, rain is due to the deeds of man and if we make any step of peace between us, perhaps that will open the treasures of the skies and rain will fall "

Back in July, the Jerusalem Post reported the drought had depleted Israel's water supply by 25%.

By Jason Samenow  | November 12, 2010; 2:15 PM ET
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Weather can unite, it seems? Very intriguing. Neat news-worthy moment, Jason.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | November 12, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand it's heartwarming that these warring primitive superstition traditions (euphemistically called "religions" by our media) can see past their petty differences to a common human cause. On the other, how sad that the religiously indoctrinated today cannot see how similar they are to aboriginal island dwellers. It really all comes down to begging an invisible Magic Being in the Sky for favors that in reality are the result of natural phenomena which can be scientifically studied.

That such beliefs have survived so widespread into the 21st century is a tribute to how much we are at the mercy of these natural phenomena, and therefore how badly we need to believe that they are controlled by some intelligent Being with whom we might somehow communicate and negotiate.

This institutionalized psychosis is widespread even here in the United States, which likes to consider itself one of the more advanced countries in the world. How far we have to go yet as a species!

Posted by: B2O2 | November 12, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Whenever I prayed hard for rain God always granted it and where I lived it hadn't rained in July for 10 years and it rained one day after I prayed. And the newspaper thought it was odd.

Plato and Aristotle the two intellectual fathers of western thought both believed that for the world to be intelligible there had to be a reason for it to be that way. The only reason that there could be they both decided was that the world was created by an Being who put intelligibility into it.

Since Aristotle notion of motion coupled with Averroes(muslim) and Aquinas'(catholic Dominican priest) notion of inertia minus the intelligences (angels) is the foundation for modern physics (Kepler to Newton) it might behoove the so-called atheistic intelligencia to get off their narcisistic ivory tower and smell the roses.

Posted by: agapn9 | November 12, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Weather can be divisive too. Remember last year when certain people got very passionate and would blast others who didn't share their opinions re:snow? ;)

Posted by: Snowlover2 | November 12, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Okay, the Capitalweather headline needs to read PALESTINE, not Israel. Al Walajah is in the Occupied West Bank, not Israel proper.

Posted by: nykr29 | November 12, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse


Thanks for the note. Have added some clarifying language and amended headline.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | November 12, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

I see nothing wrong in praying for drought-relief. Fortunately, not all of us are athiests. And, what's more, those who equate "God" as a primitive or superstitous view of what is today science seem to forget the fact that, in effect, God CREATED science. Modern science only is discovering (and attempting to explain)what the Creator has already created.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | November 14, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

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