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Birkat HaChamah

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Birkat HaChamah: (lit. "the blessing of the sun"); the blessing of the sun which takes place once every 28 years
Question: I understand that the blessing on the sun is to be recited every 28 years in a cycle that begins with the creation of the universe. If so, why is 5769—this years' Jewish year—not divisible by 28? Response: You are correct, if you divide 5769 by ...
So it seems the Jewish rabbis knew their stuff. If so, the question is even stronger: If they could figure that out, why are they so far off with this blessing on the sun? So what gives?
Where and when is this blessing performed? How long is the service? Can I do Birkat Hachamah at home? Why every 28th year? And much more...
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