Blessing for Natural Wonders

Image: The moon just before totality in the early hours of 1/31/18.

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu,
Melech haolam,
oseh maaseih v’reishit.</i>

Praise to You, Adonai our God,
Sovereign of the universe,
Source of creation and its wonders.


There is debate among rabbis as to which blessing among several possibilities is the correct blessing. This one is my choice for the occasion, a blessing upon seeing a wonder of creation.

Did you see the eclipse?

…The eclipse ended, the sun sinks in the west glowing pink in the dawn light.

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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at and teaches at Jewish Gateways in Albany, CA.

2 thoughts on “Blessing for Natural Wonders”

  1. I slept in, sorry to say. Have seen one before with a telescope and yes, maybe I should have gotten up. You got a very nice picture. Love this prayer, Rabbi.

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