Wow! I have been told that the first rain of the year comes all of a sudden. I have been told it's pretty intense. Nothing prepared me for what we experienced this evening! I was sitting in a coffee shop with some friends putting together our website for our Pesach Project in the Former Soviet Union. All of a sudden, there was a huge BOOM and a giant flash of lightning. Then the rain came! People in the coffee shop were all smiling, as we were all ready for the rain. When you've experienced nothing but dry weather for months on end without a drop of rain, when the rain actually comes, it's pretty exciting!
On another note, Carlie, Batya and I had our first experience with our Ethiopian family. As part of our requirements here at HUC, we work with an organization that arranges Mifgashim (encounters) with Ethiopian families who have moved to Israel in an absorption center. We were a bit nervous at first, but once we went in the home of our family, we felt quite comfortable. The kids spoke Hebrew, so we were able to communicate quite well with them.
The Mom was very gracious and kept giving us popcorn and coffee. It was really great coffee! We had a great time, and can't wait to go next week. We hope to learn a little of their language, and we'll have pictures soon!
One more thing...while were in Mevaserret Zion (the absorption center), Carlie fell down and bumped her chin on the corner of a table in the house we were visiting. She bit her tongue, and there was quite a lot of blood. We were pretty scared, and Carlie of course was screaming for about 1o minutes. But, she recovered with only a little spot on her tongue, and her teeth made it out ok! We were pretty worried, but thank God she's fine!