Birkat Hachamah

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The ritual of Birkat Hachamah, blessing the sun, is recited only once every 28 years! It was last recited on April 8, 2009 and will next be recited on April 8, 2037. However, this same blessing is also recited upon seeing or experiencing any natural phenomenon that inspires a sense of awe, such as an earthquake, a comet, lightning, or unusually large mountains or rivers.

For Birkat Hachamah, this blessing is recited on the morning of April 8, upon seeing the sun for the first time after it has fully risen (the entire circle is visible above the horizon). It is best recited with a group of people, including men, women and children.

Hebrew
Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha'olam
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Hebrew
oseh ma'asei v'reishit
Who does the work of Creation

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