Cosmic Clock Now at 12:37 PM Friday Afternoon
Some of you may have noticed the new Cosmic Clock on the sidebar of my blog. For a brief introduction of what the Cosmic Clock is, we know that the 6 days of Creation correspond to the 6000 years of world history. Proportionally, we can divide the 6 millennia into 6 days and further divide each millennium into hours.
If we divide 1000 years into 24 hours, each "hour" is 41.666 years. So, if a day starts at 6:00 PM, and we are 776 years into the millennium, we are now at 12:37 PM. This is because the millennium started Rosh Hashana of the year 5001. (Other versions of the Cosmic Clock have the millennium starting in the year 5000, such as the nicely-done video here.)
The formula for the year is therefore:
5001 + (41.6666667 * (18 + (37 / 60))) = 5776.69444445
This is approximately 5776 9/13 as 9 months have passed out of 13 months in this leap year, causing the time to change to 12:37 on Rosh Hodesh Sivan.
7 "minutes" ago was Minha Gedola, i.e. 12:30 PM. This occurred in Tamuz, 5771. See a series of posts I wrote why Minha Gedola is significant in the Cosmic Clock.
The Cosmic Clock has been used by many of our greatest sages - most famously, the Gr"a - but also, the Ramban, Rabbeinu Bahye, Hatam Sofer, and many others.
Shabbat is approaching quickly. Hopefully, we're making an early Shabbat. Will you be ready?