A rare bulls-eye solar eclipse will frequent the USA on the amazing date of Aug. 21, 2017, which in the Hebrew calendar is 29 Av, 5777, Erev Rosh Chodesh, the eve of the new month of Elul. This will begin 1:15 PM EDT, a time that is known as Yom Kippur Katan, or "little Yom Kippur", which is essentially the kickoff of the 40-day penitence period between the beginning of Elul and Yom Kippur, which corresponds to the third period of forty days and forty nights that Moses spent with G-d on Mount Sinai atoning for the Jewish People until Hashem fully forgave them on Yom Kippur.
What is the metaphysical meaning of this rare solar eclipse, and that fact that the umbra - the full eclipse - will be exclusively over the USA?
Our Rabbis taught, When the sun is in eclipse it is a bad omen for idolaters... if in the west, it is a bad omen for those who dwell in the west... (Succah 29a). If you're trying to strengthen yourself in emuna, the solar eclipse is good news for you. Nevertheless, unlike other wonders of nature like lightning and shooting stars, one does not say the blessing of osah ma'aseh breishit when witnessing the solar eclipse.
Among other reasons, as I highlighted in the image of the Gemara Succah page 29a below, total solar eclipses come because of rape, sodomy and bloodshed. And, it's a bad sign for whichever part of the world witnesses it. What's more, this comes at the beginning of "teshuva time" as we mentioned above.
We all must do teshuva, big time. But, a complete solar eclipse that only the USA will see? That is a shout from Above - America, get your act together, Come back to the Almighty and cast away all your legalization of what the Torah calls abominations. This is also a warning for anyone in Israel who prefers the "American" lifestyle to the Torah and emuna lifestyle.
Sure, the chorus of agnostics will chime in and say, "This is a natural phenomenon that would have happened anyway." We here at the Beams are not out to convince anyone or to proselytize. We're here as an emuna (faith) resource to help anyone who so chooses to live a happier, healthier and more meaningful life. If you choose to ignore Hashem's voice, go ahead. Nevertheless, one who does choose to ignore and refuse to heed the shout from Above, doesn't have the sense of an ox or a mule (see Isaiah 1:3).
Anytime is a great time to come back to Hashem - let's start right now. The little things are what counts. Let's look around us and see what we can do to make another human happy. That's not difficult at all - just start with a smile. Don't forget, today is "Love Day" - see our post below this one:
Urgent Update - 4:30 PM, Israel
Our good friend Ira from www.astronomyisrael.com just informed us that tonight in Israel, there will be a partial lunar eclipse. According to the above Gemara, we here in Israel must first correct ourselves and urgently do what we can to strengthen emuna and come back to Hashem. Since the maximum eclipse is only partial, it's still a gentle warning from Hashem. Let's not wait for the volume to get louder.