The Badatz Eidah HaChareidis on Sunday issued a renewed call to say Aneinu Borei Olam in Shemonah Esrei due to the lack of rain.
The Badatz and other Rabbanim, such as HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Zilberstein, already called to say Aneinu over a month ago, but unfortunately, it has rained little since then, with Israel experiencing its driest winter in 59 years.
The rainfall this winter has raised the Kinneret by only 2 cm (0.8 inches) so far, in comparison to dozens of centimeters in past years, Haaretz reported on Thursday, citing new data by the Israel Meteorological Service.
The report quoted Eyal Weisel, a director of hydrological services at the Government Water and Sewage Authority, as saying that 2 cm is the smallest rise of the Kinneret since 1964, when Israel began measuring its national rainfall. Additionally, the Kinneret only began to rise on January 12, the latest date the rise began since 1964.
However, on a more positive note, Weisel said that he’s not overly perturbed by the situation since Israel saw higher than average rainfall for the past four consecutive years.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)