Sure, we are close but this is getting a little ridiculous.  I mean just because we are still crawling our way out of the ravages of Hurricane Sandy here on the East Coast—yes the OOT’s are chuckling again—does that mean that Israel has to go through the same thing?

Sure if Mohammad Abbas of the Palestinian—very little— Authority could figure out how to create a hurricane and send it into Israel, I’m sure he would have done so already.  Perhaps his people are looking into it already and while they are at it they must also be studying and researching how make a typhoon, tsunami and volcano eruption.

Just look at any news report from Israel this morning.  Seven inches of snow in Jerusalem—snow everywhere.  Highways and schools are closed and mass transit is just beginning to start running again. Here’s the latest report that caught my attention a few minutes ago: “In the Jerusalem District, which includes Yehuda, Shomron, Beit Shemesh, Abu Gosh and the Jerusalem corridor, thousands of residents experienced power outages during the night as a result of the winter storm. According to Israel Electric Company officials, most of the outages resulted from downed electric lines, the result of falling trees.”

As Yogi Berra was wont to say—“it’s déjà vu all over again.”  Are you going to tell me that Israeli’s who experienced power outages because of the snow are going to be without power in their homes and businesses for two weeks like we were here in New York in late October and early November? I bet that all power will be restored by the end of today with virtually no home going into Shabbat without electrical power.

I don’t know where you are reading this today but I just want to take a chance and go out on a limb here and say that not only did we have minimal amounts of snow last year but here we are in mid-January and once again not a trace of the white stuff yet.  Do you think that just because Israel has snow and power outages that we have to follow suit?  Maybe I should not have written those words. Oh oh!


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