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A partial solar eclipse in Israel has Orthodox Jews wondering

A partial eclipse of the sun

Israel365 News is an Orthodox Jewish news site based in Israel. Though they don’t accept Jesus as the Jewish Messiah, they believe there will be a Messiah.

Along with that, they have an end-times theology, that speaks of when this Messiah will return.

And in that day —declares my God— I will make the sun set at noon, I will darken the earth on a sunny day. (Amos 8:9 The Israel BibleTM)

There was a partial eclipse of the sun in Israel on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022, and Israel365 wrote of its spiritual significance. For reference, the Torah is what we refer to as the Old Testament, and the Talmud refers to an ancient Jewish commentary on the Torah.

Israel365 has this to say about the solar eclipse:

In its discussion of eclipses, the Talmud (Sukkot 29a) specifically described solar eclipses as being a bad omen for the nations that base their calendars on the solar cycle. At the end of this section describing the omens contained within eclipses, the Talmud states a disclaimer: “When Israel does the will of the place (God), they have nothing to fear from all of this,” citing the Prophet Jeremiah as a source.

Thus said Hashem: Do not learn to go the way of the nations, And do not be dismayed by portents in the sky; Let the nations be dismayed by them! Jeremiah 10:2

The same source in the Talmud specifies that lunar eclipses are a bad omen for Israel since Israel is spiritually represented by the moon. If the lunar eclipse takes place in the east side of the heavens, then it is a bad omen for all the nations in the east, and similarly, if it occurs in the western hemisphere of the sky, it is a bad sign for all the nations in the west.

READ: What does biblical tradition tell us about the solar eclipse over Israel?

Israel365 also noted the unique feature in our solar system that allows solar eclipses to take place, when the moon blocks the sun. Though, the sun is 400 times larger than our moon, the sun is 400 times further from the earth, than the moon. This difference in distance, negates the size difference, allowing the moon to block the sun.

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