Despite what kids learn in school, there is no fall in Israel. The word stav, used to mean fall in modern Hebrew, means winter in Biblical Hebrew. As it says in Song of Songs 2:11: “Ki hineh hastav avar, hageshem chalaf halach lo,” “Behold the stav has passed, the rain has dispersed and gone on its way.” As you can see from the picture above, the rain has not dispersed and whether you choose to call it stav, winter or fall it is here to stay, at least we hope.
We ran into a huge thunderstorm on our way into Bnei Brak for a shiva call Friday morning. I took this picture on our return to Petach Tikva via Jabotinsky Street. Ahead is the submerged street, a stuck car, and other cars inching through on the left. As we watched trying to decide what to do there were periods when no cars got through at all.
In the distance you can see the bridge of Highway 4 over the Geha intersection that borders Petach Tikva and Bnei Brak. Jabotinsky is the only way to get under the highway and into Petach Tikva. We decided to cut out on the left and go the long way around, which took us through Ramat Gan and north Tel Aviv. It was probably the wrong decision, although when we got home we heard they had closed the Geha intersection entirely.
Now we have to find the winter clothes. Instead of the wonderful transitional weather of April and May, we will likely alternate between cold/windy/wet and blazingly hot for a good few weeks. Until now we’ve alternated between blazingly hot and tolerably hot. It seems impossible to believe it will get hot again, but from experience I will keep a few short-sleeved shirts in reach. And if you’re planning to buy winter clothes tomorrow, enjoy the crowds because everyone else will have the same idea.