Monday, March 23, 2009

28 Years; 24 Floors

In Judaism, there is a 28 year cycle for the sun to return to its original position at time of Creation. And so, every 28 years a special blessing is recited, Birchat Hachammah (ברכת החמה, "Blessing of the Sun")

The rational is that every solar year is 365.25 days long and the "Blessing of the Sun", being said at the beginning of this cycle, is therefore recited every 10,227 (28 times 365.25) days. The next time that it will be recited will be this year, on April 8, 2009 (14 Nisan 5769). More info here.

Many will be attempting to maneuver themselves into the best position possible for the greatest uninhibited view of the rising sun.

So, please, be careful out there:

Police: Teen Fell To Death Trying To Get Better View Of Sunrise

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Police said a 16-year-old who plunged 24 floors to his death from a Daytona Beach hotel balcony was likely trying to get a better view of the sunrise when he accidentally fell.

Ugland, who was visiting Central Florida with his family, woke up early Sunday and stacked some chairs on the balcony to get a better view of the sunrise, police said. He then fell over the balcony.

Ugland's family was asleep at the time of the accident.

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