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A RED MOON RISIN’: The Blood Moon and Jewish Destiny…and How it Concerns YOU


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

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 first of four additional blood moons within the next year and a half: April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015, and 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 four umbral eclipses in a row is like drawing a rare lunar poker hand of four of a kind.”

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

The first plague was: BLOOD! The 10th and final plague was Death of the Firstborn (at which time the Egyptians literally kicked the Jews out of Egypt!). Death is always associated with 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 Firstborn would pass over their homes. As you can see, there was a lot of reference to blood.

All Four Blood Moons Coincide with Major Jewish Holidays

But there’s more! Get this: ALL four 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 and then again on Sukkot 2015. This has happened only eight times in all of history!


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