We see many fascinating works of Hashem around the world and one of which is Aurora Borealis.

Do our midrashim or books on mysticism have anything to say about its origin or anything related to it?

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    Specifically the Auroras, or the magnetosphere in general, which the Auroras are a side effect of the way it works? Also, there’s two Auroras: the Aurora Borealis near the north magnetic pole, and the Aurora Australis near the south magnetic pole. Did you mean to ask specifically about the Northern Lights, or both of them?
    – DonielF
    Apr 28, 2019 at 17:54
  • Sorry, I couldn't resist: youtube.com/watch?v=Rj0Tj8dnrYw
    – Yehoshua
    May 23, 2019 at 23:22
  • Either one of them
    – Rh Haokip
    May 25, 2019 at 15:44

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Shimon Fogel in Kovetz Beit Aharon V'Yisrael suggests that when Rav Huna the son of Rav Yehoshua said "It is merely that vilon, one of the firmaments, rips and furls and the light of the next firmament is seen, and this appears like a comet" (Brachot 58b), he may have been referring to the aurora.

Avraham Halevi in Hachinuch Be'otiyotav writes that the verse "And the knowledgeable will be radiant like the bright expanse of sky, and those who lead the many to righteousness will be like the stars forever and ever." - which in Hebrew has the phrase "Zohar Haraki'ah" - may be referring to the Aurora (in modern Hebrew called Zohar Hatzafon or Zohar Hakotev).

Sefaria's English translation of Malbim interpret his commentary on Iyov 38:24-25 as referring to the aurora.

  • I don't see these modern writers bringing credible explanations of their sources.
    – Mordechai
    Jan 17, 2021 at 20:47
  • @Mordechai Their explanations are based on the meaning of the words in the text.
    – Harel13
    Jan 17, 2021 at 21:04
  • And I strongly disagree with each translation.
    – Mordechai
    Jan 17, 2021 at 21:04
  • @Mordechai That's perfectly okay; we're all entitled to our opinion. However, now I'm curious. If, hypothetically, Rashi or one of the other classic commentators would have said exactly the same thing, word for word, nothing more and nothing less, as one of these men, what would you have said?
    – Harel13
    Jan 17, 2021 at 21:06

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