Sunday, September 24, 2017

Tears Of Israel

Every year at this time, the Jewish holidays between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, I'm reminded of a quote that (great) uncle Ernest Nevard would mention. It is a common belief that it will always rain during the Jewish holidays so farmers liked to be done harvest before that time if possible. Or they expected to be shut down by rain for a while until the crops dried enough to re-start harvest. Uncle Ernie used to refer to the rain (when it fell) as "the tears of Israel". I don't know if there is a story behind that saying and there is nobody to ask now. I only recall this from stories told to me by my parents as I was not even 4 years when uncle Ernie died.
This photo of him from the late 1940s Ernest left and son, Bill, on the right.

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