As we open our eyes to greet the new day tomorrow, we bless the sun with the words:
- “ברוך אתה ה’ אלקינו מלך העולם עושה מעשה בראשית”
- “Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the Universe who makes the works of Creation.“
- “Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha’olam Oseh Ma’aseh Breishit.”
The blessing on the sun (birkhat hachama) is said at the beginning of the 28 year Jewish solar cycle, celebrated next on April 8, 2009/14 Nisan, 5769, when Jews believe that the sun returns to its exact place at the time of its creation. We commemorate it tomorrow for the 206th time.
The Sun Blessing is shared with other natural phenomena, such as lightning, comets, meteors, and upon seeing “wondrous natural topography, such as great mountains, rivers, and vast wilderness.”
For more information, please see Bless the Sun.
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