Kabbalistic Information

Birkat HaChama - The Blessing of the Sun!

Here is an overview of the 2 years preceding the upcoming Birkat HaChama on Passover/Easter 2009, which happens every 28 years. This time it will occur on 8 April 2009, the day on which Passover (Pesach) begins and a few days before Easter Sunday. Birkat HaChama (the Hebrew Prayer from the prayer book) will be said at sunrise on 8 April 2009 (Hebrew date: 14 Nissan 5769). According to ancient tradition, once every 28 years the Sun returns to the position it occupied when it was created at the beginning of the fourth day of creation.

Anyone seeing the Sun at its turning point…should say, "Blessed is He who made the Creation." And when is this? Abaye said: every 28th year - Talmud, Tractate Berachot 59b.

According to the Bible and the Torah, the sun was born, with the stars and the moon, on the 4th day of the CREATION (Genesis 1: 14). In the Jewish tradition, every 28th year one prays with gratitude at the time when the sun stands again at the same point it stood on the 4th day of creation. One of the times the sun returned to its original position it occupied on 4th day of Creation, was on the Eve of Passover (Erev Pesach) when Moses led the Jewish people out of Egypt after they had been freed from slavery and guided them across the miraculously parted sea!! Another occasion when it occurred on an Eve Pesach was at the time of the Purim miracle (the Purim miracle happened around Pesach, when Queen Esther saved her people from destruction by the Persian King). As mentioned, the next Birkat HaChama will occur again on EREV PESACH in 8 April 2009. It is the 12th time that the BIRKAT HaCHAMA coincides with Passover eve. Since this year is also the year of "HAKEL" (the year after the shmita year) it is a good idea to focus on the 12 tribes, to unite our tribes ~ a time to gather in our communities. The Kadosh Elyon said it will be the 3rd most significant one. We will hopefully have a nice surprise...on the Eve of this upcoming Passover. So let us put our attention on this gateway of opportunity, so that we can hopefully bring our world closer to the Geula (Messianic Times)… with the help of our prayers and intention for a better NEXT 28 years, we may jointly create new wonderful miracles!
Lastly, there will not be another BIRKAT HACHAMA that coincides with eve of Passover...for either it will only happen hundreds of years from now, or we will already be celebrating the GEULA! (See more info at end of document).

These two years, 2007-08, leading up to Birkat HaChama in 2009, have been very auspicious years. Listed below are events that indicate a special preparation for this upcoming year.

Rosh Hashana 2007 (Jewish New Year) – a two-day holiday flowing into Shabbat!

Yom Kippur 2007 (The Day of Atonement) – on Shabbat!

In the Kabbalistic tradition it is said that if Israel keeps two consecutive “Shabbatot" then the Geula (Messianic Times) will come! This past year, the Jewish People and Israel “almost” celebrated two consecutive Shabbats one after the other; therefore, as the sages say, we will have GEULA!!...We had a close call that year: Rosh Hashanah fell prior to and segued into Shabbat, and Yom Kippur fell on a Shabbat!! Even if not everyone is religious, many stayed at home with family and did not work, so on some level it was close to keeping the Shabbat.

Two Adars: The Jewish calendar is based on both the sun and the moon, so on an average every 2-3 years there are two months of Adar (in February & March of each year). Adar is a joyous month, when we celebrate Purim, and that is one of the few holidays that will still be celebrated after the Messiah arrives. Last year’s Purim festivities overlapped the Shabbat, so it was a “Doubly Joyous” time! The year 1948, when Israel emerged into Statehood on the 5th of Iyar, was a year that had two Adars, and we experienced the Mazal (luck) of Adar’s double appearance. And also, in this year, 2008, when there were two Adars, Israel celebrated its 60th year!

The Shmitta Year 5768– In the Jewish tradition, every 7th year the land must rest, therefore no vegetables or plants were planted. So in a sense it was a time to gear up for the future, to rest and rejuvenate for the 7-year cycle, to again allow for the bloom for the next year and the coming years. In a way we are also preparing for the next Erev Pesach (eve of Passover)! This year’s Rosh Hashana 5769 occurred at the end of the 7th year, and so we have completed the Shmitta cycle once again and can now welcome its New Growth!

Passover 2008 – began on a Motzei Shabbat (end of Shabbat, Saturday evening), and most had already stopped eating chametz (leavened bread and grains) on Thursday, then rested very well before Passover, almost like an interval of a “tabula rasa” space…between chametz and matzah… which constituted another ritualized preparation for the year to come. In addition one made Havdala at the beginning of the Seder itself. Thus, in a sense the Shabbat and the Passover became intertwined and may have been foretelling a double blessing for the year to come.

Shavuot 2008 – the Matan Torah Celebration was preceded by Shabbat with only a one day interval. Many people took a four-day vacation, so it was even more properly observed than if it had fallen in the middle of the week. People were more rested, and it may have made it more conducive for people to contemplate the gifts of the Torah and go to synagogue.

Tu B’Av – The Feast of Love
This is the Holiday of Love, derived from Biblical times, during the period of the
12 tribes, when the single women went out in the fields wearing white garments, and the single men sought their future brides among them. This year it coincided with Shabbat, the day of rest, which is filled with Shekinah, the loving female principle of G-d. Its combined effect can only further enhance the preparation of a better future. Many of the holidays this 2007-08 year coincided with or fell very close to Shabbat (which is the holiest of the holidays).

9 B’ Av – The Day of Destruction of the Temple
The day of fasting – to remember the destruction of the 1st and 2nd Temples in Jerusalem, and to pray for the New Temple of Messianic New Consciousness to be built in our world. This day began on Motzei Shabbat (end of Shabbat). So one had a day of the Joy of Shabbat Shekinah before entering into the day of sadness, for we still have not been able to restore the sacredness of the lost divine sacred Temple.

Next Easter 2009 coincides closely with Passover. Easter Sunday is on 12 April, 2009, in the western calendar (Catholic and Protestant Churches). The Eastern Orthodox Church has set the date for Easter to be on 19 April. It is interesting to note that one of the miracles mentioned earlier in connection with the coinciding of the Eve of Passover and the Sun Blessing event is when Esther created a miracle by saving her people from destruction.

•Note that this year we had 7 shabbats (the day of rest!) adjacent to or coinciding with a holiday. Usually 7 means Shabbat: “On the 7th day you shall rest.” And we let Mother Earth rest during the 7th year as well. Number 8 is beyond Shabbat, beyond nature and into infinity and mystical reality. So after this year, we may hopefully be entering into a very new time!

Below are quotes predicting that the Messianic times will soon be here!

Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburgh discusses the role of women as mothers and the importance of this role in the three major redemptions of Jewish history. He says, “Aaron and Moshe orchestrated the first redemption, the Exodus from Egypt. The first letters of their names, aleph and mem, joined together, spell the Hebrew word for mother (em). Esther and Mordechai led the second redemption from Persia, and again the first letters of their names spell ‘mother’, [which] also symbolizes the final ingathering and redemption, brought by Eliyahu and Messiah (em).” So we need the prayers and help of women too….

Also Avraham Moskowitz, in his book Tehilim Cards (Book of Psalms Cards), refers to the coming Messianic times in relation to Adam (the first being on earth), King David, and our times today. If you take the name ADAM, numerologically it stands for Aleph, Dalet, Mem (A,D,M). Adam, David, and Messiah. King David lived 2,884 years after the creation of the world and Adam; we are now in the year 5768 (Jewish calendar). If you multiple 2,884 by 2, you get 5768. This Year!

Hopefully we will experience our next redemption again next year. If it is not in G-d’s plan or if we do not do our work to help, we may have to wait for the next 28-year cycle to fall again on the Eve of Passover (Erev Pesach). Do we want to wait that long?

With Blessings of the Sun,
Eva Ariela Lindberg

Below is some information, and more will be gathered as we move along. It is indeed paramount to understand the significance of this coming year, as we will be faced with many worldly challenges; therefore, it is very important that we join forces and
CO-CREATE a BETTER FUTURE TOGETHER!

When will the next Birkat HaChama (Birkat haShemesh or Sun Blessing) take place? Birkat HaChama will next be said on Wednesday, 8 April in the year 2009 (Hebrew date: 14 Nissan 5769). Is there anything special about this date, 14 Nissan 5769? There might be: the Kadosh Elyon (the “Ostrovster Admor”) wrote that there are only 3 times in 6,000 years of Jewish history when Birkat HaChama falls on 14 Nissan. These are:

Prior to being redeemed from Egypt.
Prior to the miracle of Purim.
In the year 5769.

Since the first 2 occurrences preceded miracles and redemption, the Admor wrote that in the year 5769 the same will occur: This will be the last time ever and shortly afterwards, the redemption must come, b'h.
Note: The Ostrovster Admor wrote that Birkat HaChama falls on 14 Nissan only 3 times in history, when, in fact, the year 5769 will be the 11th time that this occurs! (The last time was on 8 April 1925). Perhaps he was referring only to those times when Birkat HaChama precedes a major redemption. Certainly 5769 will be the last time when this can happen.
Also see: http://dreamingofmoshiach.blogspot.com/2007_07_01_archive.html

Another interesting aspect of this date is that it is said that the Moshiach (Messiah) ben David will arrive at the end of a 7-year cycle. The year 5768 is a shmitta (sabbatical) year, and is followed by 5769, the year in which we recite Birkat HaChama. Note, however, that Birkat HaChama will always fall on the year after a sabbatical year. Dr. Julian Schamroth.
http://www.kehillaton.com/en/articles_contributors.asp#julian_schamroth

Solar cycle by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The solar cycle is a 28-year cycle of the Julian calendar with respect to the week. It occurs because leap years occur every 4 years and there are 7 possible days to start a leap year, making a 28-year sequence.

This cycle also occurs in the Gregorian calendar, but it is interrupted by years such as 1700, 1800, 1900 and 2100, which are divisible by four but which are not leap years. This interruption has the effect of skipping 16 years of the solar cycle between February 28 and March 1. Because the Gregorian cycle of 400 years has exactly 146,097 days, i.e., exactly 20,871 weeks, one can say that the Gregorian so-called solar cycle lasts 400 years.

Calendar years are usually marked by Dominical letters indicating the first Sunday in a new year, thus the term solar cycle can also refer to a repeating sequence of Dominical letters. Unless a year is not a leap year due to Gregorian exceptions, a sequence of calendars is reused every 28 years. The name solar cycle comes from Sunday, the traditional first day of the week.

Impacts of the solar cycle
The sun's magnetic field structures its atmosphere and outer layers all the way through the corona and into the solar wind. Its spatiotemporal variations lead to a host of phenomena collectively known as solar activity. All of solar activity is strongly modulated by the solar magnetic cycle, since the latter serves as the energy source and dynamical engine for the former.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cycle#Impacts_of_the_solar_cycle

THE ASTRONOMY of THE SUN CYCLE
Next year 5769 (2009) will be the 11th time that the Birkat HaChama occurs on the Eve of Passover! The last time was on 8 April 1925. A tropical year is the time taken by the Sun to complete one circuit of the celestial sphere from its position at one spring equinox to the next. The current value is: 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds = 365.24219 days
The Hebrew calendar is based on two different measurements for a year

  1. According to Mr. Shmuel (Shmuel Yarchinai), the duration of a year is considerably shorter than a tropical year: 4 x (91d 7h 30m) = 365.25000 days.
  2. According to Rav Adda bar Ahava, the duration of a year is slightly longer than a tropical year: 365d 5h 55m 25.4s = 365.24682 days.

The Mar Shmuel year is only used for determining when to say Birkat HaChama and the Prayer for Dew and Rain (Tal U'matar). Birkat HaChama was last said on 8 Nissan 5741 (corresponding to 8 April 1981). This was the 205th 28-year cycle of the Sun. It will be said again on 8 April in the years 2009, 2037, 2065 and 2093. In the 22nd century, the date will advance to 9 April for the years 2121, 2149 and 2177.

Customs
When do we say the Blessing? From the moment the upper arc of the Sun first appears until the full disc of the Sun is visible, which takes about 2 1/2 minutes. The Blessing should preferably be said during this time
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birkat_HaHammah
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cycle_%28calendar%29
Birkat HaChamah: Evidently the dates in Nisan can vary, but Birkat haChamah always falls on the 4th day of the week, Yom Revi'i.

  • April 7, 1897 = 5 Nisan, 5657
  • April 8, 1925 = 14 Nisan, 5685
  • April 8, 1953 = 23 Nisan, 5713
  • April 8, 1981 = 4 Nisan, 5741
  • April 8, 2009 = 14 Nisan, 5769
  • April 8, 2037 = 23 Nisan, 5797
  • April 8, 2065 = 2 Nisan, 5825
  • April 8, 2093 = 12 Nisan, 5853
  • April 9, 2121 = 21 Nisan, 5881

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