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...