When You Next See Sunrise and Sunset


From today's Daf (Shabbat 118b)

אמר רבי יוסי יהי חלקי ממתפללים עם דמדןמי חמה

Rabbi Yose said, “May my lot be with those who pray with the redness of the sun (the dawn).”

Bava Batra 84a:

הא קא סמקא צפרא ופניא בצפרא דחלפא

אבי וורדי דגן עדן בפניא דחלפא אפתחא דגיהנם ואיכא דאמכי איפכא

“It is red at sunrise because the sun passes by the roses of Gan Eden and is coloured by them, and at sunrise because the sun passes by the gate of Gehinnom (and is coloured by the flames).”

Author: Matthew Zachary Gindin

Freelance journalist and teacher. I write regularly for the Forward, All That In Interesting, and the Jewish Independent, and have been published in Religion Dispatches, Situate Magazine, Elephant Journal, and elsewhere.

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