Raindrops as Ancient Hebrew Medicine - Amazing!

Baruch Gordon,

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Baruch Gordon
Baruch Gordon founded the Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews.com website in 1995 and served as manager and News Director for its English Media Department for 14 years. Today he serves as Director of Development and Public Relations for the Israel Defense Forces Preparatory Academy in Bet El and Bet El Institutions. He also directs BetElTours.com which offers countrywide tours of Israel. Baruch founded in Bet El a Smicha Program for working men, and received his smicha in 2014 from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Baruch served in the IDF Search and Rescue Unit. Born and raised in Memphis, he was elected International President of United Synagogue Youth in high school and soon after became religious while studying at Tufts University. Baruch resides with his wife Anat, a native Israeli, in Bet El and has 7 Sabra children and even more grandchildren. ...

No joke. It's raining in Israel today, and according to an ancient Jewish tradition, the rain that falls in this Hebrew month of Iyar (the last day of which is May 18 in 2015) is actually medicine. Sounds crazy, right? Check this out.

No need to get drenched. Just a few drops do the job…

The famous 18th century Hassidic Rebbe Rabbi Pinchas of Koritz, a student of the Baal Shem Tov, writes in his book Nofet Tzufim:

“Rain which falls after the Jewish holiday of Pesach until the holiday of Shavuot constitutes a great remedy for all illness and disease. There’s no medicine like it to be found in any pharmacy. One must stand in the rain, expose his head to the rain, and also open his mouth to let the rain fall on the right side of his mouth [Baruch - seemingly, tilt your head back and to the right].”

Here is a picture of his text straight from his book:

Original text by Rabbi Pinchas Koritz Credit: Kaduri.net

The late Israeli Kabbalist Yitzhak Kaduri endorsed and encouraged this custom.

Question: Baruch, do you really believe in this?

Answer: 1) One thing is for sure - it does no harm. 

2) Judaism is replete with tips and inside secrets that seem to have no basis in logic. But that’s a key distinction - while they have no basis in logic or science, they are not disproven by logic or science. For example, if we had a tradition that it never rains on Tuesdays, and then suddenly rain fell on a Tuesday, that would be a clear disproof of a Jewish tradition. 

But our traditions, many of which emanate from the esoteric aspects of the Torah, don’t defy logic, rather, they’re beyond the realm of logic, above logic.

Note: In the year 1791, Rabbi Pinchas of Koritz, at the age of 65, decided to move to Israel, like many other students of the Baal Shem Tov. He fell sick and died on the way.

So, my friends, I say “yes.” Let’s follow the lead of Rabbi Pinchas of Koritz and get out in the rain to celebrate this tradition. Then, let's make aliyah to Israel in good health.



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