Eclipse Blessing Card
This Monday, August 21 at there will be a full eclipse of the sun across the US. Here in Portland, we will experience it as a 99.6% eclipse begin at 9:06am, reaching its maximum 99.6 percent totality at 10:19am. While Jewish tradition in the past has had differing feelings about eclipse’s (at one time it was thought to be a sign of brokenness) today we are celebrating this rare natural phenomenon. As such, we are providing blessing cards that you can download or pick up in the building to help express the awe of this event through a Jewish blessing.
Click here for PDF to download the card.
Blessing on seeing wonders of nature: lightening, shooting starts, high mountains, vast deserts, a sunrise and an eclipse.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, עוֹשֶׂה מַעֲשֵׂה בְרֵאשִׁית
Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha’olam, oseh ma’aseh bereshit
Blessed are You Adonai our God, ruler of the universe who engages in acts of creation.
Click below for an essay published by The Rabbinical Assembly entitled:
The Blessing to Be Said Upon Witnessing a Solar or Lunar Eclipse
by: Rabbi Joshua Heller