Little known facts about snow in Jewish tradition and lore

Many traditional Jewish congregations refuse to count snowmen in the prayer quorum.

Medieval Jewish mystics practiced rolling in the snow to purge themselves from evil urges. They were the first snow angels.

Moses Maimonides, 10th century physician to the Egyptian Khalif, prescribed snow as a cure for the hot Cairo summers.

The elders of Safed have 36 different words for snow – but none for snow removal.

During 3 particularly cold Sinai winters, the Israelites were led by a pillar of snow.

It is forbidden to write in the snow on the Sabbath.

Following the great Jerusalem blizzard of 1900, Zionist visionary Theodor Herzl proposed the Uganda option.

According to some rabbinic authorities, one must wait six hours between going out in the snow and in the rain.

On snowy days, the procession of King Solomons immediate family was pulled by 2,800 reindeer and 1,200 huskies.

Israels national hockey team participated in the 1992 Winter Games, dominating both the Olympic village and concession area.

On January 9, 1896, a snowball from St. Patricks elementary school landed in Mrs. Manischewitzs kitchen, inspiring her to invent matzo ball soup.

Of the entire Hebrew scriptures, the Book of Job contains the most references to snow. Hence the expression, Snow Job.

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