On April 8, 2009, we will recite Birkas ha Chama, the Blessing on the Sun. Our rabbis have instituted this blessing to be said every twenty eight years when the sun returns to the exact position it occupied relative to the earth at the moment of original Creation. 

That’s not all. Occasionally, a few times throughout history, Birkas ha Chama has fallen on the 14th of Nissan, the day before Passover. One of those times was directly before Yetzias Mitzraim, the Exodus from Egypt. 

Another time was directly before the original miracle of Purim. The next time will be … April 2009! 

According to the Kadosh Elyon, the Ostrovster Admor. 

1 – This will be the very last time in history that Birkas ha Chama can fall on the day before Passover and that, “shortly afterwards, the Redemption must come.” The cosmic event which preceded the two greatest Salvations in the history of the world will take place in 2009! 

3 – When the Blessing on the Sun occurs on the 14th of Nissan, not only does the sun return to its original position relative to the earth, but, in addition, the moon is full. Both Great Lights are in the position they occupied at the very moment of their Creation! 

2 – Every month we say the following prayer: “May it be Your will, my G-d and the G-d of my forefathers, to fill the flaw of the moon that there be no diminution in it. May the light of the moon be like the light of the sun and like the light of the seven days of creation, as it was before it was diminished, as it is said, ‘The two great luminaries.’ And may there be fulfilled upon us the verse that is written: They shall seek G-d , their G-d and David, their king. Amen.” 

5 – WHEN THE BLESSING OF THE SUN OCCURS ON THE 14TH OF NISSAN, THE UNIVERSE IS IN EXACTLY THE SAME ALIGNMENT AS AT THE MOMENT WHEN G-D CREATED THIS WORLD. THEN THE EARTH WAS NEW AND PURE, UNTOUCHED BY CORRUPTION, A WORLD OF PERFECT SANCTITY, PERFECT LAW, PERFECT ALIGNMENT BETWEEN MAN AND HIS CREATOR. THIS WAS THE MOMENT OF ORIGINAL REDEMPTION, WHEN G-D CREATED PERFECT ORDER OUT OF CHAOS! 

Nations of the world, who dare to torture G-d ‘s Children and challenge our eternal right to dwell in our Holy Land in peace, beware! The fate of Egypt will be yours! 

Soon we will see the invincible power and the salvations of G-d. The story of Egypt is the story of our generation. This year, at our Seder Table, when we recite the words “Next year (2009) in Yerushalayim,” we should know that the Ultimate Geula and Yeshua are near. 

May we all soon see that day of perfection, purity and eternal simcha. May G-d soon wipe away every tear. May He have mercy on us all and allow us to rejoice soon, in our lifetimes, at the rebuilt Temple and to see Moshiach ben Dovid our King reigning in Yerushalayim Ir ha Kodesh! 

By: Rabbi Roy S. Neuberger



On April 8, 2009 (the 14th of Nissan, 5769 by the Jewish calendar), three events will coincide in one day: 

1. The beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover

2. The beginning of the Jewish Lunar calendar

3. The beginning of the Jewish Solar calendar

2 and 3 coincide once in 28 years, when the sun gets back into the same position as on the day of creation.

1,2, and 3 coincided for the first time on the day of creation, 5769 years ago, the second time – on the day of the Jews’ Exodus from Egypt, and the third time will be this year.

When G-d first informed Moses that the Jewish people, after their long 210-year exile, will leave Egypt, He did so with the sign of the new moon: “This month shall be to you the head of the months; it shall be the first month of the year.”

Why then did G-d show Moses the new moon and not the sun? And why do we reenact that demonstration by blessing the new moon each month, and the sun only once in 28 years?

The answer provides us with an invaluable lesson in life – and captures the essence of Passover: Reflective light (moon) is more powerful than emanating light (sun). The receiver is greater than the giver; the act of receiving more powerful than the act of giving. Though moonlight is nothing more than a reflection of the sun, its ability to receive, absorb, retain and reflect the sun’s light to earth adds a completely new dimension – qualitatively superior – to sunlight itself!

How is that possible? How can the cause be weaker than its effect; the source lesser than its beneficiary? Yet, we see it all around us. What is more powerful: Sound or silence? Aggression or subtlety? Speaking or listening? Transmitting or receiving? Extracting or emerging? Imposition or resonance? The sizzle or the steak? The visible or the invisible?

Moonlight is the secret of “bittul”; the ability to suspend your own space and allow room for a presence beyond and greater than yourself. Through utter dedication to a cause greater than yourself, and allowing that presence to channel through you, you become an extension of that greatness; you become greater than yourself.

With all our powerful tools and resources – formidable minds, aggressive conquests, innovative technologies and complex structures – Passover is a time to access our most powerful resource of all: Our ability to step back and seek for forces beyond our own. A time to quietly take in new realities and greater possibilities