By Rahmiel-Hayyim Drizin
סֵפֶר וַחֲמִשִּׁים עָלוּ
Sefer VaChamishim Olu
G-d is asking you:
Has the rain a father?
The source of the rainfall is a mystery which Job will never be able to penetrate.
G-d is reminding him, as well as us.
We may think we’ve got things figured out with job, love life, children. We may think so.
But to the fifty questions of which we are nearly 1/2 way completed, there are no precise answers.
Of course rain has a Creator, a “father”, if you will.
This Father [Hashem] pours down His Mayin Dukrin/Masculine Waters of Blessing called מָּטָר [Matar/rain], having gematria 249, which is that of Avraham our fore-father [plus the kollel], the man of Chesed/kindness, Chesed related to water.
We pray that this Father [Hashem] is Merciful and gives us the precise rain that we need at the precise time.
We may not know the formula or the logistics, but we can be immensely thankful for the gift of rain that gently drops to our earth plain.
Sod: Tonight is Gevurah shebeNetzach, the Strength of Persistence
Rain is the focus of this question. The prayer for rain is found in two places in the Amidah: Gevurot and Birchat HaShanim, G-d’s might and a Year of Prosperity, the former corresponding to Gevurah, the latter to Netzach. These are our energies of today, Gevurah shebeNetzach.
In fact the word מָּטָר Matar is explicitly added to the Birchat HaShanim from December 4/5th to Pesach.
The mention of rain in the second blessing of Shemoneh Esrei is an expression of praise only, where we praise G-d the Lifegiver Who controls the elements and provides moisture as needed in the seasons when they generally occur. In the blessing of the years, we request that He give us rain.
Av/Father relates to Abba/Chochmah, the “top” of the right side of emanation of which Netzach is the recipient at the “bottom”
Da’at Mikra: Do you know how the rain is produced?
Ramban: do rain, dew, ice, and frost have parents which produce offspring in their own likeness? Who, if not G-d, determined that the one should appear in this form, the other in that?
Who commands the rain to fall?
Fatherhood is associated with the fluid of the father’s seed [rain and dew of this verse] and motherhood to solid fetus [ice and frost of the next verse]. Warmth is father, and cold is mother as described by naturalists.
Rahmiel-Hayyim Drizin is a devoted student of many of the leading teachers of Kabbala in English in Israel and the USA. He is a criminal defense lawyer who lives in Oak Park, Illinois with his family.