Invoking the merits of our ancestors in praying for rain hints at the endless cycling of water through all of life since the dawn of creation.
The Jewish practice of blessing natural phenomena awakens us to the fact that the earth is a wonder, a witness, and a spiritual mystery.
In Birkat Hahammah (the Blessing of the Sun), the rabbis acknowledged the power of nature, but put the emphasis on its Creator.
Turning and returning.
We must pray for beneficial rain, and then follow through with environmental action.
Science and Ecology
To whom does the earth belong?