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Tonight (or earlier tonight in Israel) the planets Jupiter and Saturn come so close that one might think that they are a single star. Is this occasion to say the beracha of עושה מעשה בראשית? It is not listed as one of the occasions to make the beracha, but is it similar to a shooting star or comet (O.C. 227), or to the phoneme of חמה בתקופתו, when the sun (or the zodiac) is in its "original location" when a beracha is made once in 28 years (O.C. 229)?

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  • I don't see any similarly. Why is this similar? – Double AA Dec 21 '20 at 19:29
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    Impressive astronomical phenomena – Mordechai Dec 21 '20 at 19:31
  • Is this impressive? Stars move around all the time. This is nothing new, bright, or flashy. There's no sudden movement. It's not even so rare (every 20 years or so). What is impressive about it? How is it similar to the things that get blessings? Sure newspapers may have fun writing about it, they'll also write a piece about a "supermoon" every few months like they just discovered it – Double AA Dec 21 '20 at 19:32
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    @Mordechai One is supposed to make a brocho on every planet like on the moon. I dont know why it is not done today. – interested Dec 21 '20 at 19:45
  • @interested - please source that "ruling" - One is supposed to make a brocho on every planet and describe the brocho. – Danny Schoemann Dec 22 '20 at 9:21

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