10 January 2020

The Moon Is A Sign

13 Tevet 5780
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Vayechi

We were just talking about the Moon over HERE.  And now the full moon of Tevet is almost upon us - motzaei Shabbat.  However, it already looks nearly full now.  Anything can happen.

Thanks to Esser Agarot, we have warning of an ominous sign from Heaven.  There is to be a penumbral lunar eclipse TONIGHT!

Unlike a partial or total lunar eclipse, where a larger proportion of light is blocked, during a penumbral lunar eclipse, the shading of the moon gets a little darker

According to EarthSky, it is expected to be the deepest and, therefore, most noticeable of the four penumbral lunar eclipses scheduled for this year. (Source)

It will be fully visible (weather allowing) in Israel, Europe, and Asia; in Australia only at Moonset, but no visibility in North or South America.

I don't know what it means precisely, but considering what Jewish sources reveal about the connection between Am Yisrael and the Moon and the current situation being what it is, it can't hurt to daven with extra kavanah and be very alert if you are out on the streets this Shabbat.

More interesting info about this full moon...
It's the time of year when the sun and moon reach their closest points to Earth, aligning the celestial bodies like a perfect cue shot to create maximum gravitation pull. The resulting extreme high and low tides, called king tides, usually occur in December and January. They're in the forecast for the Bay Area of San Francisco, California, Friday though Sunday. The level of the sea will shift some eight feet in a little over seven hours each day. The National Weather Service is predicting tides well over 6 feet in coming days. A major storm surge in the Pacific isn't expected in coming days so the flooding impact should be minimal.

The highest tide will happen on Friday at 10:22 a.m. and again on Saturday at 11:07 a.m., with a sea level rise of 6.7 feet. Sunday is expected to see a sea level rise of 6.6 feet at 11:54 a.m. (Global Disaster Watch)
Again, I wish for all Am Yisrael a sweet and peaceful Shabbat!

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