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Geshem in Wikipedia
(גשם) is one of the Hebrew words for "rain," applied mostly to
the heavy rains which occur in Israel in the fall and winter.
This half of the year is called in the Mishnah "yemot ha-
geshamin" (days of rains). In the liturgy of the German-Polish
ritual "Geshem" stands for the piyyuṭim which in the Mussaf or
additional service for the Eighth Festival Day (Shemini
Aẓeret) are read and sung as an introduction to the first
mention of the "powers of rain," i.e., the words "He causeth
the wind to blow and the rain to descend."
"Geshem" corresponds to the "Tal" (Dew) occurring in the
liturgy for the first day of the Passover, when the above-
quoted passage is omitted as being inapplicable to spring and
summer. These piyyuṭim end with an invocation in six stanzas,
each of which closes either with "for his sake do not withhold
water!" or with "through his merit favor the outflow of
water!" the merits of the Patriarchs, of Moses, of Aaron, and
of the twelve tribes crossing the Red Sea being successively
Geshem - used as a male first name - was a Nabatean leader who
opposed Nehemiah (6 ) in the reconstruction of Jerusalem...