JTA (Global News Service of the Jewish People)
“It’s a warm fall day, and a spunky young girl greets her neighbors in her multicultural town. It seems like everyone is taking advantage of the sunny, dry weather by partaking in all kinds of outdoor activities. But when Maya learns that the evening’s synagogue service for the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret includes a prayer for rain, she warns her neighbors to cancel their plans. Much to Maya’s relief, however, she learns from her rabbi that the prayer is for Israel, where the rainy season is needed for crops and trees. ‘Amen,’ she pronounces at the end of the prayer.
The back page includes an explanation of the lesser-known holiday that comes at the end of the Sukkot celebration.”—JTANews
|Maya Prays for Rain|
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