Photo Credit: TOMER NEUBERG / FLASH 90

I know, you guys in the Tri-State Area probably eat pictures like this one for breakfast – a tree that was felled by a storm and destroyed someone’s car. But for us here, in Israel, this is a big deal. It doesn’t take a whole lot to flood us – we’re a very small country.

The thing is, though, no matter who you talk to in Israel about the amazing torrents of rain we’ve been getting, they’ll all tell you, sooner or later – well, at least the Kinneret is getting filled up.

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Which is exactly the old Charlie Brown take on the secret of happiness:

The secret of happiness is to own a convertible and a lake. If the sun shines, you can ride around in your convertible. If it rains, you can say, “At least the rain will fill up my lake.”

But what do you say in New York City when it pours so heavily you have to move everything up to the second floor? At least lake Eerie is filling up?

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Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.