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UPDATED July 4th 2016
In the Biblical calendar system, a thirteenth month is added in 7 out of every 19 years in order to align the lunar cycle with the solar cycle. Here, the thirteenth lunar month makes the twelve original solar ones into an system that coexists with its solar “mate”.
Once every 28 years, the sun returns to the same place, same time of day and same day of the week as at the moment of its creation. Every twenty-eight years unique occasion arises: the moment at which the sun returns to the spot it occupied in the heavens at the moment of its creation, on the Fourth Day (the days were not literal 24 hour periods, obviously as before the 4th “day” there was not yet the Sun in the sky). This confluence of events, a restaging of the heavens as they were at the beginning of time, is not a moment to be overlooked. So the ancient sages bid us to celebrate this re-enactment of the creation of the sun every 28 years. Given that the the sun returns to its original place in the heavens at the precise time and day of its creation, this is an opportunity to see the world, and ourselves, as created again. This means the world becomes a new place with new opportunities. The sun’s return back to its original position that it began from during the first week in creation contains the power of renewal, and therefore, of redemption. Acknowledging the various cycles of the earth bring new awareness for the environment and the whole world.
The next solar celebration marking this event, called Birkat Hahammah (the blessing of the sun), will occur on Wednesday morning, April 8, 2009. At Sunset on April 8, 2009 we begin the first Seder for Passover. Though this is a coincidence, it opens the door for the myriad ways to connect the freedoms offered by the Sun’s energy and the Exodus story.
This celebration will mark the 206th cycle of the sun’s full return to its time and place at creation.
“The sun at its turning point.” In its apparent motion in the ecliptic, the sun has four ‘turning points’ which mark the beginnings of the four respective seasons. These points are generically referred to as the 2 Equinox and 2 solstices. They are: the two equinoctial points when the sun crosses the equator at the beginning of spring and autumn respectively, and ‘turns’ from one side of the equator to the other; and the two solstices, when the sun is at its maximum distance, or declination, from the equator, at one or other side of it. Of summer and winter respectively, and instead of progressively increasing its declination it ‘turns’ to decrease it progressively. Originally, the moment selected for this celebration was the spring equinox. But, you might ask, if the equinox occurs in late March (around March 21), why do we celebrate it in early April? While the answer is a bit complex, the short explanation is that the original annual calculations were based on the Julian calendar which counted the year as having 365.25 days. The true solar year, however, is closer to 365.242199. While that might not seem like a big difference, over a thousand years these minutes add up to a variance of 7.81 days. The Biblical calendar is a solar/lunar calendar which does take into consideration this variance.
Occurrences of The blessing of the sun
Occurrences in the last 120 years:
- Wednesday, April 7, 1897 (5 Nisan 5657)
- Wednesday, April 8, 1953 (23 Nisan 5713)
- Wednesday, April 8, 1981 (4 Nisan 5741)
the blessing of the sun will occur next on
- Wednesday, April 8, 2009 (14 Nisan 5769)
- Wednesday, April 8, 2037 (23 Nisan 5797)
- Wednesday, April 8, 2065 (2 Nisan 5825)
- Wednesday, April 8, 2093 (12 Nisan 5853)
- Wednesday, April 9, 2121 (21 Nisan 5881)
Note: Because the dates for assume a 365.25-day solar year and the Julian calendar also assumes a 365.25-day solar year, the blessing of the sun will always fall on March 25 in the Julian calendar. While the blessing of the sun usually occurs in the Biblical lunar month of Nissan, this is not always the case; it will occur on 29 Adar II (April 10th) in the year 2233. As the Biblical calendar is a solar/lunar calendar.
Only once in 532 years does the cycle begin on the same day of the month as it did at Creation, on 14th.
The author of Meir Enei Chachamim, wrote in his book in 1925 that there are only three times in the 6,000 years of Biblical history, when the blessing of the sun falls on 14 Nisan. These are:
1. Prior to being redeemed from Egypt. the blessing of the sun prior to being redeemed from Egypt was Nisan 14, 2437 and on Nisan 15, 2448 at midnight Israel left Egypt.The day before passover, is the day that we slaughtered the god of the Egyptians (a lamb).
2. Prior to the miracle of Purim. (the blessing of the sun prior to the miracle of Purim was Nisan 14, and Rashi writes that the following year, in Adar, the miracle occurred.) It is worth nothing that Mordechai and Esther were fasting on the 14th, 15th, and 16th of Nisan to prepare for Esther’s plea before King Achashverosh.
3. In the year 5769. It is worth nothing that 5769 is the eighth year, the year after the Sabbatical year.
About Nisan 14, 5769 (April 8, 2009), He writes,
“This will be last time ever and shortly afterwards, the redemption, MUST come.”
The Mekabel Avraham Azulai, the grandson of the Holy Chida HaKodesh, says in his book, that at the latest, in the year of 5769 since the creation of the world, the following two passages will be fulfilled:
Zechariah 13:2 And it shall come to pass in that day, says יהו”ה of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered; and also I will cause their prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
Leviticus 26:6 And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid; and I will cause evil beasts to cease out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.
In other words, the latest date possible that all impurities will cease in the world is at the end of 5769.
For this event God has told the Jews to sanctify the moment and His name with this blessing:
Blessed are You, אלהינו יהו”ה King of the world Who MAKES the work of creation !
THIS IS BEST DONE EARLY IN THE MORNING WITH THE RISING OF THE SUN IN VIEW !
the blessing of the sun last occured
- Wednesday, April 8, 2009 (14 Nisan 5769)
- The six summer months correspond to Sefirot “Yoshir” (the lights that descend from Heaven) of Chesed to Yesod and the winter months are of Chesed to Yesod of the “reflected light” (lights rising from below to above)
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