Astral Harmonies (Randyjw; February 9, 2017)
Tomorrow after sundown will mark the beginning of the Jewish holiday, known as Tu B’Shvat. The Jewish day is marked from after sunset, when at least three stars are visible in the sky, through the morrow and following sunset. The reason this is so is due to the wording of the Torah in B’reishit (which means, “In the beginning…”), or “Genesis”, by its anglicized name, in which the sentence describing each day puts the evening before the morn: “And there was evening, and there was morning Day One”, and so on.
Judaism is also based on a lunar, rather than a solar, calendar cycle, which is why holidays don’t fall on the same Gregorian calendar cycle that we use today. Tu B’shvat has its origins in lunar-based festival celebrations, and is considered to be the “New Year of the Trees”.
This particular year of 2017 will see a confluence of incredible astronomical events to enhance the spiritual aspects of the festival. In addition to a full moon, there will be a penumbra eclipse and the passing of a nearby comet.
What wonders in the heavens and how mysterious G-d’s ways.
For additional details on these events and their pertinence from the Talmud and the Zohar, please read Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz’s Breaking Israel News article, below:
Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “Astonishing Astral Confluence Will See Eclipse, Full Moon, and Comet on Jewish Holiday”. Breaking Israel News.com; February 9, 2017: