It started raining last night just as we were leaving for Kol Nidre services. It was the first rain of the season following a year which was among the driest since they began keeping precipitation records in Los Angeles.
During the service, lightening lit up the windows of the sanctuary; quite a setting for the beginning of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The rain had stopped when we left the synagogue but the skies opened fully before we completed the less than 1 mile drive home. It rained most of the night but had stopped by morning when we were ready to return to the synagogue to continue our day of prayer and reflection. The heavens opened again during the Yizkor memorial prayers and then stopped for the rest of the day.
Somehow it seems fitting that rain should fall on the Day of Atonement; that the air should be cleansed as we ask God to forgive us collectively for our transgressions of the previous year.