Thursday, June 10, 2010

Eclipses as Omens


"Affliction of the sun is a bad sign for the whole world. This may be compared to a king who makes a feast for his servants and leaves a lamp before them, then grows angry at them and says to his servant, ‘Take the lamp from before them and leave them in darkness.’"

(Talmud, Succah 29a)

[I take this not as superstition, but as a statement that if Gd was always satisfied with humanity, then we would have a source of light which was never removed. The fact that it is removed from time to time is a reminder of our dependency, and of our occasional insufficiency.]

Have a great day,

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