It’s the final stretch of Berakhot — now’s the time to catch up if you are behind and still want to!
Every 28 years, according to the daf, the universe returns to its original placement, as per creation. It’s overwhelming to think about — given the small space humanity takes up in the vastness that is space, and given how much Hazal knew about the universe even without the powerful tools of discovery (Hubble telescope, anyone?) of the modern era (yes, the Gemara means that vastness of space — it mentions Saturn). And there’s a blessing to make on that occasion, of course.
And: The blessing Ha-tov ve-ha-Metiv makes another appearance. We’re characterizing it as the catch-all blessing for the extra of human experience — going beyond the finer wine brought to the table that made the concept (and its blessing) familiar to many of us.
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