>Temple member Jeff DuBowy participated in a Birkat Hochama Service this past week and shared this beautiful picture with me. I asked Jeff to write a small blurb about the experience so I could share the image with all of you…
I participated in the Birkat Hachama service which has been the buzz of the Jewish community for the last year. Several local congregations gathered at the Eagle Rock Reservation at 6:00am this morning to “Bless the Sun”. The blessing is said once every 28 years!
According to Wikipedia:
“Birkat Hachama (“Blessing of the Sun”) refers to a Jewish blessing that is recited in appreciation of the Sun once every twenty-eight years, when the vernal equinox, as calculated by tradition, falls on a Tuesday at sundown. Jewish tradition says that when the Sun completes this cycle, it has returned to its position when the world was created.”