Tomorrow will witness an event which, according to Jewish tradition, occurs only once every 28 years. At sunrise, the earth, the sun and the moon will be aligned in exactly the same places they were on the day they came into being, on the fourth day of Creation. Please note: tomorrow is Wednesday – the fourth day of the week. Hundreds of thousands of worshippers are expected to rise before dawn, to witness the sunrise and say special prayers, for tomorrow marks Birkat Ha’Hama – "The Blessing of the Sun" – marking the end of a 28 year solar cycle and the start of a new cycle. Even rarer, the event will take place on the eve of Pessach, in the middle of the lunar month, when the rising sun and the setting moon are both clearly and completely visible in the morning sky. In a way – and this is the way it has been explained to Jewish children for countless generations – one could say that tomorrow is the sun’s birthday.
So I’d better go and get a good night’s sleep now – I need to be up early tomorrow.

About Shimona from the Palace

Born in London, the UK, I came on Aliyah in my teens and now live in Jerusalem, where I practice law. I am a firm believer in the words of Albert Schweitzer: "There are two means of refuge from the sorrows of this world - Music and Cats." To that, you can add Literature. To curl up on the sofa with a good book, a cat at one's feet and another one on one's lap, with a classical symphony or concerto in the background - what more can a person ask for?
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5 Responses to Sunrise

  1. Zehava allias Pati says:

    yes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Zehava allias Pati says:

    BIRKAT HAHAMA entre 7h 15 exactement et 10h 34

  3. Kenneth says:

    Happy Birthday…Sun Peace.

  4. Rambling says:

    I hope it was the best of days.

  5. Shimona from the Palace says:

    Well, I don\’t know about "the best" but it was a very good day. For one thing – it was my birthday. And for another, it was the eve of Pessach and in the evening, the whole family gathered together to celebrate the Seder, including my brother, whom I don\’t see very often, because he lives in England. Yes. A good day, indeed.

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