"And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood and fire and pillars of smoke." Joel 2:30 (The Israel Bible ™)
A series of three supermodels began on Sunday and will end with a Blue Blood Super Moon on January 31, giving what a rabbi explained is a threefold dose of divine judgment for "those who hate Israel" as the secular New Year enters.
A supermoon occurs when the moon is in the part of its elliptical orbit that brings it closer to Earth, appears up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than when it is seen at its furthest point. On Sunday, December 2, it was possible to see a super moon in the United States, and two other supermodels are expected in the course of the new year.
The next super moon on the night of January 1 will mark when the moon is at its closest point this year and will be the largest of the three supermodels.
The last super moon of the trio will arrive on January 31. also a "Blue Moon", so called because it is the second full moon in a single calendar month. On average, blue moons occur every two and a half years. That super moon will also feature a total lunar eclipse, with the totality visible during sunset from western North America through the Pacific to eastern Asia.
The appearance of the moon will change during the eclipse, it will gradually darken and become rusty red or blood red, turning the astronomical spectacle into a super & # 39; Blood Moon & # 39; blue.
Rabbi Yosef Berger the rabbi of the Tomb of King David on Mount Zion, noted that God created astronomical bodies as signs.
Hashem said: "Let there be lights in the expanse of heaven to separate the day from the night, they will serve as signs for established times, days and years." Genesis 1:14
] "The Talmud declares that Israel is judged by our actions, by our commitment to Hashem (God), and not by astrological signs," said Rabbi Berger Breaking Israel News . "In fact, the Talmud declares that a lunar eclipse is a bad sign for those who hate Israel"
"People who can not accept that God is behind nature are The enemies of Israel, since our presence in the world is witness to the fact that there is a creator, "explained the rabbi. "God used nature to bring the plagues to Egypt, but even when the plagues transcended everything that had been witnessed before, Pharaoh refused to accept God as if he were behind them, we are seeing this today, with hurricanes and earthquakes that they occur in unprecedented ways. "
The rabbi noted that although lunar eclipses are regular and predicted events, they are a source of wonder and should be understood as signs.
The fact that complete eclipses, solar and lunar, occur with the sun and that the moon is perfectly blocked is really a wonder, and unique to the Earth. Astronomers refer to this as the "great coincidence": the fact that the sun is exactly 400 times larger than the moon, but since the moon is 400 times closer to Earth than the sun, the two bodies seem have the same size This confluence does not appear on any other known planet.
This unique feature of the Earth is explained in the Talmud (Hulin 60b) as an essential part of the history of creation. The Talmud discusses the apparent contradiction in the verse that describes the creation of the sun and the moon.
Hashem made the two great lights, the greater light to dominate the day and the lesser light to dominate the night and the stars. Genesis 1:16
Although initially described in equal terms, the verse noted that the sun and the moon were not equal, with the sun called "the greatest light" and the moon the "smallest light". The Talmud explains that when God created the sun and the moon, they were equal in all aspects, including size and intensity. The moon complained, saying: "Two kings can not share a crown." God agreed and made the moon shine less brightly, compensating the moon by ordering Israel to set the calendar for its cycles.
Gidon Ariel, co-founder of Root Source and co-author of " Israel First ", a book on Bible prophecy and Blood Moons, emphasized that it is important to be precise in using these terms.
"In astronomical terms, a blood moon occurs when the moon takes on a reddish appearance, which occurs during most eclipses," said Ariel Breaking Israel News . "In the context of Bible prophecy, the term & # 39; Moon of Blood & # 39; refers to a three-year cycle in which lunar eclipses occur six times: once on each Succot and Easter. weird. "
Ariel explained that the & # 39; Blue Moon & # 39; It is not a Jewish concept. Since the Hebrew calendar is based on the lunar cycle, and each month begins on the new moon, no Hebrew month can contain two full moons.
"In Judaism, a blue moon never occurs, not even once in a blue moon," Ariel joked.