Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Blessing of the Sun

Today we recited the blessing on the sun. According to the Jewish sources, the sun returns to the exact position as it was in the fourth day of Creation. This happens every 28 years.

Early morning, I stood with a congregation of people outside in the beautiful city of Jerusalem. The sun had just risen, and the air was crisp and cool.
People were spilling out into the streets in every direction. Some were praying; others singing. Others chatted as they waited for the time to bless.

When it was time to recite the blessing, everyone gathered round in a circle to hear the speaker who led the ceremony. A hush came over the crowd. And then it was time. In a loud voice, in unison we cried out, "Blessed are You....Who performs the work of creation!"

Wow! It gives me goosebumps. A truly amazing time...

G-d bless!


The First Domino דומינו said...

I wish I had been there.

"This happens every 28 years."

You'd have to live a very long time to see just three of these sun blessings.

"Blessed are You....Who performs the work of creation!"

I like that the creation is not stated in the past tense, but as an ongoing one.

Thanks, Chaya, for sharing this blessed moment with me, and others.

Miriam said...

You've been splashed! Please see my blog for details.

Chaya said...

Hey, Domino!
I wish I had been there.

I think you would've enjoyed it.
Y'know, one of these days I have to get a WORKING camera. Then I can take pictures, capture the moment and really share it. There's some things words can't describe.


Chaya said...

Aaaahh! That's was a big splash, Miriam!
I'm gonna have to get you back!