With no great rivers coursing through the Land of Israel, we are heavily dependent on rain. This need is expressed in the immemorial Yom Kippur prayers. At the end of Sukkot we start mentioning rain in our daily prayers. Yet with the fields lying fallow during this Sabbatical year, need we ask for rain? Who might we have in mind as we hope and pray for a rainy winter? Thinking more broadly: What might the prayer for rain during Shmitta tell us about the Jewish religious experience and spiritual quest?
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