29 January 2010

Full Moon, Shabbat Shira, Tu b'Shevat

"This Friday night, if you think the Moon looks UNUSUALLY big, you'll be right. Look around sunset when the Moon is near the eastern horizon. It's the biggest full Moon of 2010 - some 14% wider and 30% brighter than lesser full Moons of the year. The moon is in it's closest approach. The Moon's orbit around Earth is not a circle; it is an ellipse, with one side 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other.

In a coincidence of celestial proportions, the Moon and Mars are having close encounters with Earth at the same time. Moreover, the two will spend Friday night gliding across the sky side-by-side. Mars looks bigger through a telescope now than at any time between 2008 and 2014."
What a packed Shabbat we're having and it's my birthday, too! Yep! That's right. Tomer Devorah (Devash) was born on Tu b'Shevat on the parsha that includes Shirat Devorah. With deepest gratitude and heartfelt thanks to HaKadosh, Baruch Hu, for another year to learn Torah, serve Hashem and perform mitzvot and acts of chesed. My birthday wish is to live to see the face of our Righteous Mashiach, may He come without any further delay at all!