Once in the old country, it hadn’t rained for months. Hunger was setting in, and the villagers were getting desperate.
The Rabbi decreed that all the men would pray for rain on a nearby mountaintop.
They did so, and… no rain.
They resolved to climb the mountain again the following day, and bring their wives and children.
They did, and… still no rain.
The following day they brought the old, the sick, and the babies.
Still no rain.
Next day, they brought along every chicken, goat, horse, and donkey in the village.
The Rabbi raised his eyes to the sky and said, “Why, G-d?! Why don’t you hear our prayers?!”
A voice from Heaven answered, “BECAUSE YOU DO NOT BELIEVE IN PRAYER!”
“Why do you say we don’t believe?”
“BECAUSE NOBODY BROUGHT AN UMBRELLA!”
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