Birkat haChamah – Every 28 Years Only (audio)

EnglishEvery twenty eight years, as the sun reappears “at its inflection point,” we recite the blessing ברוך אתה ה’, א־להינו מלך העולם, עושה מעשה בראשית – “Blessed art Thou … Who does the Act of Creation.”

What astronomical event prompts us to recite this blessing and what are we praising G”d for in that instance particular? I address these and other questions in the following shiur:

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Birkat haChamah – the Prayer for the Sun MP3 PDF
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Also check out Jonathan Baker’s overview of the development of the Birkat haChamah liturgy.

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