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Here Comes The Sun

Thank you, Washington Post, for educating me today on part of what I saw during yesterday's morning walk.  There's a nice front page picture and corresponding Metro section cover story about yesterday's Jewish observance of Birkat HaChamah, a "blessing of the Sun" ritual.  Celebrated every 28 years, it is the day when the sun returns to the place in the heavens where it was when God created it, according to the Book of Genesis.

When I strolled past the neighborhood synagogue/temple, there was a group of people outside singing and chanting and perhaps now I know why. 

There's a nice article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/08/AR2009040803355.html

and a video too: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2009/04/08/VI2009040803040.html?sid=ST2009040900004

Yesterday's commemoration began at sunrise with a prayer to mark the rare confluence of Passover and Birkat HaChamah.  To my Jewish brother and sisters, Chag Sameach - may you know a blessed, kosher and happy Passover.  Shalom.