Genesis 6 - 11

ט אֵ֚לֶּה תּוֹלְדֹ֣ת נֹ֔חַ נֹ֗חַ אִ֥ישׁ צַדִּ֛יק תָּמִ֥ים הָיָ֖ה בְּדֹֽרֹתָ֑יו אֶת־הָֽאֱלֹהִ֖ים הִֽתְהַלֶּךְ־נֹֽחַ׃
י וַיּ֥וֹלֶד נֹ֖חַ שְׁלֹשָׁ֣ה בָנִ֑ים אֶת־שֵׁ֖ם אֶת־חָ֥ם וְאֶת־יָֽפֶת׃
יא וַתִּשָּׁחֵ֥ת הָאָ֖רֶץ לִפְנֵ֣י הָֽאֱלֹהִ֑ים וַתִּמָּלֵ֥א הָאָ֖רֶץ חָמָֽס׃

After the flood, God promises to maintain the seasons, saying that cold, heat, summer, winter, day and night will not cease (Genesis 8, 22).

Listing God’s great feats, Tehillim describes God's establishment of both summer and winter (Tehillim 74, 17).

The cold, including snow, frost and ice, may at times be fierce - “who can stand before his cold?” (Tehillim 147,16-17).

Mishlei warns that if one is lazy and does not plow in the winter, then one will find nothing to gather at harvest time (Proverbs 20, 4). 

As part of his rebuke of the Israelite monarchy, Amos prophesies that both the winter and summer palaces will be destroyed (Amos 3, 15).

Yirimiyahu describes King Yehoyakim sitting in front of the fire in his winter palace during the cold ninth month, as he orders the scrolls that Yirmiyahu has wrote to be cast to the fire (Jeremiah 36, 22).

Lack of rain in wintertime could be a cause of severe worry. Zekharya describes a future time wherein freshwater will flow from Jerusalem in both the winter and summer (Zachariah 14, 8).

Hanuka, the day we celebrate the purification of the second Mikdash, is marked on the 25th of Kislev. It is interesting to note that many years earlier, the 24th of Kislev was the day of the foundation of the second Mikdash.

May God grant us an abundance of rain and reasons to celebrate this winter!

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