Thursday, January 16, 2014

Mohammed Vl asks Jews to pray for rain

Photo Credit: Maghreb Arab Press courtesy of Morocco World News

Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/moroccos-king-mohammed-asks-jews-to-pray-for-rain/2014/01/14/
Jews praying in the great synagogue in Fez (Photo: Maghreb Arab Press)

Jews throughout Morocco this past Sabbath responded to a plea by King Mohammed VI and prayed for rain, the Jewish Press reports. Traditionally, Jews have been valued for their 'special relationship' with God: when the last king of Morocco lay dying, rabbis from abroad were summoned to pray at his bedside. 

Update: It worked!

Muslims did the same in Friday prayers at their mosques. “In conformity with the high instructions of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, commander of the faithful, these prayers will be called for in all the synagogues to implore the Almighty to spread ample rain throughout the territory of the Kingdom,” the Council of the Jewish community stated.

Morocco World News reported, “Moroccan Jews performed prayers in all the synagogues in the country, imploring God to spread bountiful rain on the entire territory of the Kingdom.”

 The lack of rain this year has threatened the agricultural sector of Morocco, and the economy will be severely damaged if crop production drops because of the drought.

The King’s plea is not unprecedented. In 2007, nearly all of Morocco’s Jewish population of 5,000 turned out en masse on a Sabbath to pray for rain.

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Jews throughout Morocco this past Sabbath responded to a plea by King Mohammed VI and prayed for rain. Muslims did the same in Friday prayers at their mosques. “In conformity with the high instructions of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, commander of the faithful, these prayers will be called for in all the synagogues to implore the Almighty to spread ample rain throughout the territory of the Kingdom,” the Council of the Jewish community stated. The Morocco World News reported, “Moroccan Jews performed prayers in all the synagogues in the country, imploring God to spread bountiful rain on the entire territory of the Kingdom.” The lack of rain this year has threatened the agricultural sector of Morocco, and the economy will be severely damaged if crop production drops because of the drought. The King’s plea is not unprecedented. In 2007, nearly all of Morocco’s Jewish population of 5,000 turned out en masses on a Sabbath to pray for rain,

Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/moroccos-king-mohammed-asks-jews-to-pray-for-rain/2014/01/14/
ews throughout Morocco this past Sabbath responded to a plea by King Mohammed VI and prayed for rain. Muslims did the same in Friday prayers at their mosques. “In conformity with the high instructions of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, commander of the faithful, these prayers will be called for in all the synagogues to implore the Almighty to spread ample rain throughout the territory of the Kingdom,” the Council of the Jewish community stated. The Morocco World News reported, “Moroccan Jews performed prayers in all the synagogues in the country, imploring God to spread bountiful rain on the entire territory of the Kingdom.” The lack of rain this year has threatened the agricultural sector of Morocco, and the economy will be severely damaged if crop production drops because of the drought. The King’s plea is not unprecedented. In 2007, nearly all of Morocco’s Jewish population of 5,000 turned out en masses on a Sabbath to pray for rain,

Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/moroccos-king-mohammed-asks-jews-to-pray-for-rain/2014/01/14/

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't understand! Didn't he say that trading with Israel would be considered a crime?!
SULTANA

Anonymous said...

Not the King, Sultana. The elected loons in Morocco's legislature.

Anonymous said...

What is not being mentioned here is the fact that the belief Jews can bring rain was so deeply held, that in periods when there was no rain Jews were treated as being at fault, which then was used as an excuse to raid their Mellahs Or to expel them out of town and not let them return until there is rain. More than one traveler to Morocco describe such events during the 19th century.
But it's indeed good that today they try to keep only the positive sides from the haritage of Jewish history in Morocco. But by no means we should forget the other sides of it.

bataween said...

Very interesting - would you have more specific reference to where these travellers' accounts may be found?

Anonymous said...

Yes. for example in this account: http://books.google.co.il/books?id=f0QoJMnXJXcC&pg=PA234&dq=%22he+will+give+the+jews+rain%22&hl=iw&sa=X&ei=kADYUpa-Gsqq0QXSjYC4CQ&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22he%20will%20give%20the%20jews%20rain%22&f=false (p. 234)
I encountered it several times through the years, so further search will lead to more sources.

bataween said...

This is great, thanks very much

Empress Trudy said...

Well we DO control the weather according to Arabs and the BBC.