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!


Anonymous said...

May Hashem bless you with many more years to come, and everything that is spiritually bountiful and materially needed. every j born is a light to the world. May your light increase and reach out to all HIs creations. blessings.

Devash said...

Thank you! It was a very lovely Shabbat.

Devorah Designs said...

Happy Birthday Devash!!
from your friend Devorah in Chicago. BTW: a few years ago, I learned (maybe from you?!? I don't remember?!?) that any one named Devorah has the power in the merit of our namesake, Devorah HaNavia, to give blessings on the day that Shirat Devorah is read as the Haftorah. And when one thanks Hashem for a miracle, another one is received. Like.....one mitzvah leads to another. Well, Devorah HaNavia wanted to give her extra miracle blessing to us today as she felt we would and could need it in bringing the redemption!(Nava from Dreaming of Moshiach just talked about this also.) May we see Mashiach soon!
Happy Birthday and many more in health, happiness and Torah mitzvot!

Devash said...

Many, many thanks! Shavua tov!