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It’s About Time!

Tzippy Wolner

How did Adam HaRishon tell time? And before clocks were invented, how did anyone know when to wake up, when to daven Shacharis, when Shabbos began, or when to go to sleep? In short, how did anyone ever know what time it was? Let’s find out …

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

clocks On the fourth day, Hashem created the sun, moon, and stars. That’s our answer. When the sun comes up, it always comes up in the east. During the day it slides across the sky and when night falls, it sets in the west. When the sun is directly above us, it’s midday or noon. When the sky turns dark and three stars come out, it’s time to daven Maariv.

However, say a father long (long!) ago asked his son to wake him in two hours. How did the boy know when two hours passed? If you look at the sun, can you tell when two hours have passed? No way!

The sundial was invented to tell time.

 

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