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Lot #    35242
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 1:48:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Zhorei Hamah (Blessing of the Sun)
Title (Hebrew)    זהרי חמה
Author    [Liturgy]
City    Mukachevo (Munkacs) - Bardejov
Publisher    מנשה יחזקאל הורוויץ
Publication Date    1924
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   16 pp., 8°, 145:110 mm., age staining. A good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Birkat ha-Hamah (Blessing of the Sun), a prayer service in which the sun is blessed in thanksgiving for its creation and its being set into motion in the firmament on the fourth day of the world (Gen. 1:16–19). The ceremony is held once every 28 years. It takes place after the morning prayer, when the sun is about 90° above the eastern horizon, on the first Wednesday of the month of Nisan. The date is based on calculations by the amora Abbaye, according to whom the vernal equinox cycle (called mahzor gadol) always begins then (Ber. 59b). Although Abbaye's method became obsolete after the adoption of R. Adda's calendar, the ceremony has not fallen into desuetude. The order of the recital is as follows: Psalms 84:12, 72:5; 75:2, Malachi 3:20, Psalms 97:6 and 148, the benediction: "Praised be the Maker of creation," which is followed by Psalms 19 and 121, the hymn El Adon (of the Shaharit prayer of the Sabbath), the baraita of Abbaye (Ber. 59b), and the quotation of an aggadah by R. Hananiah b. Akashya (Mak. 3:16). The rite ends with a short thanksgiving prayer in which the congregation expresses gratitude for having been sustained until this day, and the hope to live and reach the days of the Messiah and of the fulfillment of the prophesy of Isaiah "and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of the seven days" (Isa. 30:26).
Paragraph 2    כולל כל הדינים ומנהגי קידוש החמה המיועד להיות ... ביום ד' י"ד ימים לחדש ניסן תרפ"ה ... עם נוסח ברכת החמה ומזמורים מסודר מהגאון ... ר' חיד"א ז"ל ומהגאון ... מוהרמ"ס [ר' משה סופר] ... ומהגאון חיים כהן רפאפורט זצ"ל.

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   EJ; CD-EPI 0329686 (no copy NLI)
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Hungary
Liturgy:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica