Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Shock news: Over 30 women walk together in silence!

Well, we all know how women love to chat to each other like a gaggle of geese. These women chat ten to the dozen and tend not to walk very far. But over in Jerusalem today over 30 Israeli, Palestinian, and Druze women took part in a silent walking meditation dedicated to bringing rain to the area. Women came out to the Haas Promenade in Jerusalem with umbrellas for the walk.

A silent walking meditation with over 30 women! That's different! Click the link above to view the photographs. Amidst the stalled peace negotiations and continuous regional turmoil, Israelis and Palestinians are uniting around the need for rain in the region, with groups gathering to pray for a wet winter. Forecasters have predicted drier than average winter months – December through February – and expect precipitation to fall below the 30-year average. "We use the term 'a little below average,' but it could be more than 20 percent below average," said Dr. Henia Berkovich, Director of the Israeli Meteorological Service.

As an Atheist, I think it is silly that these women are praying for rain. You have to harvest your rainfall by building more reservoirs and save water by stopping leaks. Meeting in prayer is nothing more than wishful thinking and will not get the job done. Earlier in the month, Jewish and Muslim worshippers gathered near a water spring in the West Bank village of Walajeh to pray for rain. A lot of good that multi-faith prayer meeting will have done!
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