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News Reports on Birkat Hachamah

-- 2009 and Years Past

Thousands Attended Historic Ceremony in Moscow
With the surrounding streets blocked off to accommodate the swelling crowd, thousands of people turned out for the historic Blessing of the Sun ceremony earlier this month in Moscow.
Historic Blessing Featured on Uruguayan National Television
Complete with a small plane pulling a banner thanking G-d for creating the world, a historic Blessing of the Sun ceremony in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo drew the attention of national media.
Beachgoers Attend Historic Sunrise Ceremony
With the rising sun reflecting off the Atlantic Ocean waves, Jewish residents of Florida took to the beach earlier this month for the historic Blessing of the Sun ceremony just before Passover.
Texas Participates in Rare Blessing
Around 500 people gathered outside Houston, Texas’ central Jewish Community Center for a historic Blessing of the Sun ceremony. The area’s Chabad-Lubavitch centers helped coordinate the event.
Ukraine Set for Blessing of the Sun
Excitement is building in Jewish communities throughout Ukraine in anticipation of the first Blessing of the Sun since the fall of the Iron Curtain.
NY Students Burying Time Capsule
At least one American Jewish community, in a refrain of an action taken 28 years ago, is putting a message in a bottle as part of its Blessing of the Sun observances.
DVD Focuses on Solar Blessing
The centerpiece of “Blessing of the Sun” is a presentation of the 1981 gathering outside Lubavitch World Headquarters.
Millions to Gather for Solar Event
Jews from communities across the world will take to the streets to participate in a rare prayer service performed once every 28 years.
Restored Footage Shows Historic Solar Blessing
Solar Blessing Ceremony at Lubavitch World Headquarters
News clips of the historic 1981 gathering outside Lubavitch World Headquarters, where thousands of men, women and children blessed G-d for creating the sun.
New York Times Reports on Birkat Hachamah in 1897
Hebrew Festival marred: Rabbi arrested for observance of an ancient Talmudic ceremony in Tompkins Square.
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