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Without rain  there is no rainbow,

Without old there is no new;

Without storm there is no ocean,

Within all, I can find You.

Without rain there is no rainbow,

Without storm there is no sea,

Without old there’s no renewal

Without You, I can’t be me.

Written to welcome the last New Year of 5773, and recalled on this beautiful cold, gray and rainy afternoon in Perth Australia (where it is supposed to be spring) days before Sukkot 5774.  The traditional Jewish Prayer for rain, “Geshem” is said 10 days hence – at the end of our festival of dwelling in booths and the beginning of the Holy Land’s Rainy Season…Perhaps the heavens were too full to hold back their blessings?  Cold and wet, yes – but without rain there are no rainbows!