Birchas Hachama Was Said from Atop US Naval Observatory


naval-observatoryA group of Yidden said Birchas Hachama on Erev Pesach from atop the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington. Rabbi Levi Shemtov of Washington, D.C., led the group of about 20 Washingtonians in the early morning on Wednesday at the observatory, which overlooks northwest Washington D.C.The observatory tracks astronomical data and houses atomic clocks that serve as the official source of time for the United States. Founded in 1842, it is one of the oldest government-run scientific institutions in the United States.

After packing into a ledge surrounding one of the observatory’s telescopes for the bracha, the group toured the agency’s facilities, including its library.

The grounds of the observatory also house the official residence of the vice-president.

{Elisha Newscenter/JTA}


  1. Why is this news? What is the significance of saying Birchas Hachama at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington? Is there a din Parsumei Nissa by Birchas Hachama that the rest of K’lal Yisroel does not know about?
    Or maybe this place is some type of Makom Kadosh or something?
    Or is this some other way of making sure that the goyim don’t forget about us Jews in this Galus? Do we really need to remind them?

  2. In fact it was done by a chabad shliach for the publicity in order to attract as many not yet religious Jews as possible (just that this site tries not to mention Chabad). If you have a problem with that I think you should seriously reconsider your entire outlook on life.

  3. There are some anger management courses that can really help.

    In the meantime, try not to read posts that don’t suit you.