Morocco: King Asked Jews to Pray for Rain

Monday, January 20, 2014 |  Yossi Aloni

When experts in Morocco determined that 2014 would bring severe drought to the country, King Mohammed VI called on local Jewish leaders to hold special prayers for rain.

Mohammed VI was reportedly aware that the Jewish faith has special set prayers pleading with the Almighty for rainfall, and requested that said prayers be used on Morocco's behalf. A similar request was made of local Muslims.

In response, the Council of Jewish Communities in Morocco released a statement calling on its members to "issue prayers in the synagogues for God to have mercy on our country and to help His Majesty the King."

Agriculture in Morocco depends heavily on the winter rains, of which there hasn't been much this year.

The reign of Mohammed VI has reportedly been characterized by warmer relations between the government and the country's estimated 3,000 Jewish citizens. The monarchy is said to have renovated several national heritage sites related to Moroccan Jews.

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