Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Last week's parshah told how after Miriam HaNeviah's passing, Am Yisrael ran out of water.

We are moving in a similar direction ourselves.

See here and here.

The last big drought, also during Shmitah 7 years ago (do not quickly look pass this seeming coincidence) brought measures to conserve water. I remember hearing about one city (was it Tel Aviv?) that decreased the water pressure being supplied to consumers in an effort to preserve.

Here we are, nearing the point called the "black line", the minimum necessary amount of water from which pumping is physically possible, and it is just today that conservation measures are being announced.

May Hashem soon send us the rains that are so desperately needed here.

And may Hashem give us the wisdom to use our resources wisely to solve our problems.


  1. Amen!

    With all the technological advances, a כחי ועוצם ידי mentality might say that such a situation is unfathomable. Only a Yerai Shamayim knows that the source of all Parnassa (including water) comes from Hashem. Once in a while (on Shmitta, no less), Hashem needs to send us this message.

    That said, I agree that more Hishtadlut (i.e. desalination) should have been done a few years back to prevent the situation we're in today.

  2. Just remember that כחי ועוצם ידי means that when we succeed, we must place the credit to Hashem's help, not our own power. כחי ועוצם ידי doesn't affect the hishtadlut.