5 Tevet Update: No Rain Today :(
Is the Sadigerer Rebbe's merit over?
I posted in 5767 about the Sadigerer Rebbe's blessing on his yahrtzeit - 5 Tevet - the following:
Tuesday was the 5th of Tevet. It rained in Israel.And then again in 5770, and again in 5771, and again in 5772.
Last year, on the 5th of Tevet, it rained.
The year before, on the 5th of Tevet, it rained.
In fact, it rained every year on the 5th of Tevet - even in years of severe drought - since the passing of the Sadigerer Rebbe on the 5th of Tevet, 5721 - over 45 years ago.
The Sadigerer Rebbe's last words were, "Am Yisrael needs rain!"
The power of the righteous is greater in death than in life.
Source - Ladaat.net [link no longer valid]
Today, 5 Tevet, 5773, alas, it seems that there was no rain.
Well, perhaps, the unusual amount of rain accumulated until now makes up for it, and the blessing was for only when we really needed it.
Or, perhaps, the blessing was to last 50 years from the date of his first yahrtzeit and no more.