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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Birkat Hachamah in English, Hebrew, French, German, Spanish and Russian

Every 28 years the sun returns to the exact position, at the same time of the week, that it occupied at the time of its creation—at the beginning of the fourth day of creation. A special blessing – called Birkat Hachamah, "the sun blessing" – is recited to mark this event. Due to the rarity of this event, this blessing is customarily recited amid large public gatherings of men, women and children.

This year, 5769, we will perform this special mitzvah on the morning of April 8 (the morning before Passover).

A detailed guide has been made available on Chabad.org in 6 languages:
English: Birkat Hachamah
עברית : ברכת החמה
Français: Birkat Ha'Hamah
Deutsch: Birkat Hachama
Español: Birkat HaJama
Русский: Биркат-Ахама


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