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The Song of the Sun



King David, Habbakuk, Isaiah, and the rest of the Jewish people have known that the sun sings its song for over 2800 years. Now, scientists are excitedly...

 



In Perek Shira, The Song of the Universe attributed to King David, we learn how each creation - mineral, plant, and animal - sings praises to Hashem. The sun sings, "The sun (covered by) the moon stands in its abode; they proceed by the light of Your arrows and by the flash of Your glittering spear" (Habakuk 3:11).
 
The Gemorra in tractate Yoma 20a says that the reason the night is so much quieter than the day is because we don't hear the noise that the sun is making.
  
185,000 Assyrian officers died when they tried to capture Jerusalem in the days of King Hezekia (See Kings II, chapters 18-19 for the whole exciting story, and especially Kings II, 19:35). The Gemorra tells us that Hashem killed them by letting them hear the singing of the angels, but a different account in the Midrash says that Hashem killed them by letting them hear the sun sing its song as it traverses the heavens.
 
King David, Habbakuk, Isaiah, and the rest of the Jewish people have known that the sun sings its song for over 2800 years. Now, scientists are excitedly proclaiming "Eureka!" for they've recently discovered that the sun sings a distinct song.
 
Scientists' findings were presented last week week at the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting in Lancashire, England, revealing that the looping magnetic fields along the Sun's outer regions, called the corona, carry magnetic sound waves in a similar manner to musical instruments such as guitars or pipe organs. As a special to BreslovWorld readers, you can hear the sun's song here, courtesy of Stanford University.
  
According to scientists, here's how the music is played: The magnetic loops of the sun act like guitar strings. In the cosmic equivalent of a guitar pick, so-called microflares at the base of loops (see above photo, courtesy of NASA) could be plucking the magnetic loops and setting the sound waves in motion.
 
At any rate, we simple folks of simple emuna don't have to wait for thousands of years until the scientists come out of the boondocks and tell us that the Torah is true.
 
Like the ol' gospel song says, "Gimme that ol' time religion... it was good enough for Moses, and it's good enough for me!"
 
If King David, the Gemorra, the Arizal, the Baal Shem Tov, and Rebbe Nachman of Breslev all tell me that each creation has its song, and the holy Tanna Rebbe Eliezer says that a person can work miracles by saying those songs, then believe it's true.
 
 
 




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