Storms raged, in a positive way, across the country on Wednesday evening as Israelis welcomed the start of the biblical Sukkot holiday.
Meteorologists had predicted dry weather for most of Israel, but expected thunderstorms in the north quickly spread over the rest of the Holy Land from Haifa to Eilat.
In Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, a brief but strong downpour was enjoyed by not a few people who were pleased by the positive sign that the winter rains will arrive on time this year.
The weather was not the only unusual natural phenomenon marking this Feast of Tabernacles. A lunar eclipse visible in the Western Hemisphere and far eastern Asia manifested in the Middle East as a “blood moon.”
This was the second “blood moon” of the year, the first occurring on Passover, and two more are expected in the coming year, providing plenty of fuel for speculation among Jewish and Christian prophecy-watchers certain that these are apocalyptic signs.