Thursday, April 09, 2009

Celebrating Creation!

On April 8th early in the morning Rav Simcha HaCohen Kook Rehovot's chief rabbi recited the blessing עושה מעשה בראשית (Birkat HaChama commemerating God's creation of the sun on Wednesday the 4th day of the week.)
Rav Kook (a nephew of the Rav Kook) prefaced this bracha which was heard by many Rehovtites who gathered outside one of our major synagoges by saying that this was the fifth time since the founding of Rehovot that Jews gathered here to mark this occasion. This particular ceremony takes place only once in 28 years. He took a shesek fruit (loquat) which he picked that morning and recited the shehechyanu blessing over it as well. This blessing praises and thanks Hashem for keeping us alive to reach these important occaisions.
Because this happens only once in each generation there is something very powerful about coming together, in Eretz Israel, and hearing the shehechyanu on the fruit of the land. Everyone was very moved.
This year the blessing of the sun coincided with the morning of erev Pesach. This is taken by many as a possible sign of redemption being close. (Rav Kook pointed out that another sign mentioned in kabalistic texts is an earthquake in Rome.)
After that we went home, ate breakfast and went out to burn the remains of our chametz.
May we be priveledged to eat our Pesach sacrifice in Jerusalem next year.
All of us, together.
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muse said...

Nu? Will we see you?

And happy belated anniversary. That's a date I could never forget!

Rafi G. said...

I saw Rabbi Kook at the kotel on shabbos chol hamoed

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