Your private ulpan Hebrew lesson starts now. See, you already know the word for rain. Very good!
On Shemini Atzeret/Simchas Torah, we began saying the prayer for rain. The next day was overcast but dry ("it was so everyone could take down their sukkah" said Shalom Shachne). The *next* day: TONS of rain. It was great! Also very amusing to see the very big differences in how people dressed. Some were in their usual short sleeves and some people were wearing winter coats and boots! Penina quite delighted to wear her new "Hunters" (aka fancy rain boots that she saved up her $ to buy before we moved). Too bad that it started raining during the night for the first time. Sheva (doing great in her new job and enjoying Chicago, thank you for asking!) said that, when she was here, people danced in the street when it first rained!!!
Zelda, another student in ulpan (and who sat a few rows in front of us on the Aliyah plane) said, "Look what we can do when we all put our minds to it. Now all we need to do is just daven for Moshiach!".