In the town I grew up in, there wasn’t much of religious diversity. It basically consisted of one Jewish family, two families including mine who were Lutheran, and the rest: Irish Catholics. So All I knew about Judaism was potato pancakes and apple sauce, which the one Jewish mother brought in for our class every couple years.
Now 20 some odd years later, here I am working in a predominately Jewish office, and can’t help but marvel at all the holidays that go along with this religion.
Today’s holiday may be my very favorite one. While watching the Today show, I saw a ticker on the bottom of the screen zip quickly by letting me know today is Blessing of The Sun!
When I got to work, I further investigated and here’s what I’ve learned:
“…. the Blessing of the Sun happens only once every 28 years and — for that reason alone — is a must-show milestone. It signifies the sun’s return to the exact time and place it occupied in the heavens on the fourth day of creation, which translates to 6 p.m. on a Tuesday in the month of Nissan….we go outdoors when we see the first rays of the rising sun — that’s 6:31 a.m. in Los Angeles — face east and recite, “Blessed are you, Lord our God, who makes the works of creation.”
I find this so interesting and truly a wonderful opportunity to stop and thank the world for another beautiful day. Plus, what a nice way to feel connection to the beginning of your faith.
If it were me, this one would be my very first time and I’d go to bed so excited to greet the day and thank God for creating such a wonderful world. My luck, I’d awake to a miserable cloudy storm of a morning and have to wait til 2037. Wah wah.
I seem to remember awaking to sunshine, so happy Blessing of the Sun!