Birkat Hahammah

For a long time, Jews were concerned about rituals that might have seemed too pagan. The idea of focusing on the celestial bodies as being alive is something that a lot of people walked away from for a long time. (Jewish Exponent).

A coalition of Jewish environmental organizations, and the Commission on Social Justice and Public Policy of the Leadership Council of the Conservative Movement (Rabbi Leonard Gordon, chair) has produced a new study text, Massekhet Hakhammah. It’s heavily sourced, in Hebrew and English.

A musical meditation (Ritualwell.org).

How to turn blessing the sun into a Jewish environmental program (Forward).

According to the calculation, the exact moment when the sun “returns†to its original spot in the heavens is Tuesday evening, April 7, at 6:00 p.m. So why is the blessing recited 12 hours later? (Jewish Press).

Don’t forget to check out MJL’s article on this hot topic.

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