3 Stars

As Eldest Son and I were waiting at the end of the driveway for the bus this morning, with amud ha-shachar (first light) just tinting the sky in the east, I pointed out the stars and planets that you could still see in the night sky to the west. Sirius and Procyon, the Big and Little Dogs; Venus (back toward the east) and Mars. To the right of Sirius and Procyon, he pointed out, “Look! Havdalah!”

He’d found the 3 stars of Orion‘s belt. Shining, even in the dawning light, in a row. I could see reddish Betelgeuse up above (he loved the name, of course — if you don’t know, it’s pronounced beetle-juice) and the bright foot down below, the name of which I’ve forgotten.

But my son looked at 3 stars shining softly in a row and thought “Havdalah.” How wonderful and amazing is that?

Shabbat Shalom

P.S. Here’s my favorite constellation book