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Look at the date, the Hebrew one, 23 Cheshvan 5768.
A month has passed since Simchat Torah when we said T'filat HaGeshem, The Prayer for Rain. I shouldn't have to water my little garden. G-d should be sending us the blessing of rain.
Let's change that "should" to "would." We shouldn't expect G-d to do things just because we want. We shouldn't have green parks and gardens. They waste water. G-d would be sending us the blessing of rain, if only we were keeping His commandments.
Not only is Israeli society disengaged from the serious consequences we will suffer if more of our precious land is given to our enemies, the Arab terrorists, our very limited water supply is not only wasted when used to water parks and gardens in an attempt look like London or Amsterdam, but high powered hoses are used for cleaning.
The Lake Kinneret's "red line," indicating too little water, has been lowered so many times that nobody takes it seriously any more. It's like Ehud Barak's threats to the Arabs, "if you shoot one more rocket..." Those Arab-launched kassams keep doing damage, and Barak has no plan to destroy the kassams before they're launched. "Nu, nu nu" is not an effective way of destroying and ending Arab terrorism.
It's all connected, the water shortage and terrorism. I'm sure that none of the government ministers have a garden as dependent on G-d's generosity as mine is.
In the Torah we are told that if we live according to G-d's commandments, there will be enough rain, but if we don't, the Land will be parched. Food won't grow. Our economy will suffer, and we won't have the money to import food.
Unfortunately we are being ruled by people who waste our natural resources, the treasures G-d gave us. They waste water on grass and flowers and they steal land from fellow Jews and hand it to the Arab terrorists who want to destroy us.