What does Jewish thought have to say about the unusual occurrence of the blood moon?

Article By: Rabbi Ari Enkin [Posted On: April 13, 2014]


The result of a total lunar eclipse is that the moon will appear reddish-orange in color, a phenomenon known as “Blood Moon.” The intriguing color is the result of the moon passing through the earth’s shadow. In fact, this Tuesday’s blood moon is merely the 1st of 4 additional blood moons w/in the next year & a half: April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015 & September 28, 2015. This close interval frequency is a very rare event. In fact, before the 20th century, there was a 300-year period when there were no such eclipses.

In the words of NASA, “getting 4 umbral eclipses in a row is like drawing a rare lunar poker hand of 4 of a kind.”

What does the Torah & Jewish tradition have to say about blood moons? Well, for starters, this Tuesday’s eclipse coincides w/Jewish holiday of Passover, a pivotal event that commemorates the ancient Israelites’ Exodus from slavery in Egypt. As those familiar w/the Torah (or late American actor Charlton Heston, for that matter) know, God unleashed 10 plagues upon the Egyptians when they refused to follow God’s command to free the Jewish people.

The 1st plague was: BLOOD! The 10th & final plague was Death of the 1st born (at which time the Egyptians literally kicked the Jews out of Egypt!). Death is always associated w/blood. Not only that, but the Israelites were commanded by God to paint lamb’s blood on their doorways so that the plague of the 1st born would pass over their homes. As you can see, there was a lot of reference to blood.

All 4 Blood Moons Coincide w/Major Jewish Holidays
But there’s more! Get this: ALL 4 blood moons will occur on major Jewish holidays! This week’s blood moon occurs on Passover 2014, followed by the holiday of Sukkot 2014, then again on Passover 2015 & then again on Sukkot 2015. This has happened only 8 times in all of history!

And there’s even more! Major events of significance to the Jewish people happened on each of the last 3 recorded times that these rare blood moons occurred. They were events that changed the course & direction of Jewish history for all time. A blood moon coincided w/the 6 Day War in 1967, when Israel liberated Jerusalem; Jews were able to return to Jerusalem after 2000 years of Exile. Sadly, Jewish blood was spilled during this war.

There was also a blood moon on the eve of Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948, following a bloody war that took place only a few years after the Holocaust, when 6 Million Jews were murdered!

And finally, there was a blood moon in 1493, when Tomas de Torquemada, the 1st Spanish Inquisitor, began slaughtering Jews. Here too, Jewish blood was spilled.

Is the Blood Moon a Sign from Heaven?
Believers around the world of diverse faiths are attributing the blood moon phenomenon to the teaching of the prophet Joel, who had preached:

“I will set wonders in the heavens and the earth: blood and fire and pillars of smoke; the sun will turn to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and awesome Day of God” (Joel 3:3).

Inspired by the concluding words of Joel, some are suggesting that the blood moons are a sign from God that we are 1 step closer to the coming of the Messiah. Is something wild or miraculous going to happen during the course of the upcoming series of blood moons? Nobody knows for sure. But perhaps the words of the Talmud can give us some insight on how we should relate to all possibilities & speculations:

“When the Jews perform the will of God, they need not worry about omens [or celestial phenomenon]. Thus says the Lord ‘Do not be frightened by the signs of the heavens.’” (Talmud Sukkah 29a)

View full article at: http://unitedwithisrael.org/the-blood-moon-and-jewish-destiny/

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