Rabbi Avi Weinstein

What Makes The Rains Come

In Uncategorized on March 18, 2009 at 10:06 am

The Gemara in the Tractate of Ta’anit expresses the following sentiment:

The rains only come because of those who keep their promises.

The foundation of ethics is trust. The financial crisis boils down to nobody trusting the value of billions of dollars of assets, and, guess what, the rain is not coming.

As the Psalmist said:

Truth will flourish from the earth and righteousness will look over from the heavens.

The Talmud understands this as an “if then” clause. If truth flourishes from the earth then we will be looked after by the heavens. The metaphorical rains will fall.

It’s going to be a long season without rain. It’ll be scorchin’

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