Israeli rabbis have joined American Christian leaders in issuing a range of divine interpretations for the upcoming solar eclipse that will be visible across the United States.
A solar eclipse is an exceedingly rare event, and the fact that it will be entirely visible in only one country has struck many as being indicative of divine intervention.
Rabbinical officials in Israel have further noted that the eclipse will occur on August 21, which coincides with the last day of the Hebrew month of Av, a day known in Judaism as Yom Kippur Katan, or the "minor" Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
Taken together, American-born Israeli rabbi and author Lazar Brody explained the significance to Breaking Israel News:
"In Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), the sun represents the nations of the world, and the moon represents Israel. This eclipse is only over the United States. That is a shout from above, saying, ‘America, get your act together, Come back to the Almighty and cast away all your legalization of what the Torah calls abominations’. Idol worship isn’t only bowing down to idols. In the US, there are people who worship homosexuality and perversion, one of the reasons the Talmud states for a solar eclipse."