Birkat Hachama: The Wonder of God’s Creation

According to Jewish belief, the sun was created on the fourth day (Tuesday or Halachic fourth day). Birkat Hachama (Blessing of the Sun) refers to a special Jewish blessing said to show appreciation of the sun as it completes its cycle every 28 years on a Tuesday at sundown. It is believed that the sun returns to its position when the world was created by God every time the sun completes its cycle every 28 years. The blessing is usually said the following day when the sun is visible (Wednesday). The blessing is recited on a public gathering early in the morning. The blessing is said after the Shacharit prayer:

Baruch Ata Adonoy, Eloheinu Melech ha’olam oseh ma’aseh vereishit

(Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, Who performs the act of creation.)

Birkat Hachama is recited in a place where the sun is very visible. There are also a number of prayers said along with Birkat Hachama (Psalm 148, Psalm 121, Psalm 150, and Psalm 67, Oseh Ma’aseh Breishit blessing, some parts of the first blessing of Shema on Shabbat morning, Psalm 19, Aleinu, and the Mourner’s Kaddish).

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