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.