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Friday, October 17, 2008

Making something clear on Bircas HaChama

As per what I wrote on saying Bircas HaChama this year on Erev Pesach, someone commented that this also happened when it was Yetzias Mitzrayim. I did see this written somewhere myself; however, it could not have happened literally and here is why. Anyone who does a little math can clearly see that it didn't happen in 2448/2449 - the year of Yetzias Mitzrayim. You see, Bircas HaChama as it happens every 28 years, does not divide evenly when divided into 2448. That is, 2448 divided by 28 will not result in a number without a remainder so regardless of who says it and in what Sefer, there is no way that Bircas HaChama, based on a natural phenomenon that takes place every 28 years from creation, could have been said at the time of Yetzias Mitzrayim - but it may very well mean that Moshiach will come on the day of this upcoming Bircas HaChama (if not sooner)- the day that we are supposed to bring the Korban Pesach commemorating Yetzias Mitzrayim (and yes we can do this even today if the Israeli government/courts/police don't interfere).

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