Thousands of Jews gathered to pray for rain at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, on Thursday. Despite receiving criticism for relying on prayer in a secular government, Israel's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Uri Ariel initiated the prayer event as the country enters it's fifth consecutive year of diminishing rainfall. It was led by Israel's Chief Rabbis, Rabbi David Lau... Еще and Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef. The drought has particularly affected farmers and agriculture. According to reports the country has received only 45 percent of its average annual rainfall in September and November, while it has rained only twice in December.