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Dear Rabbi Simon,
I hope you had a good Yom Tov.
The Sun stood still for Joshua (ch. 10) prolonging the day. Hundreds of years later, the day was shortened for King Chizkiyahu (2 Kings ch. 20).
Have these miracles caused observable astronomical effects?
Are there any other miracles in Tenach whose effects can be observed today?
In reply to my question, this link has some interesting examples which are completely unrelated to the question I asked about Yehoshua and Chizkiyahu:
Shavua Tov,

Dear Alistair,
TY for your thought-provoking question. The Din-Online personnel seem to think they have answered your question, although not with regard to astronomical phenomena.
Shulhan Arukh OH 218 (based on the Talmud) prescribes a blessing to be recited upon seeing places where various biblical miracles occurred, several of which are identified specifically. So there was a presumption, at least in ancient times, that evidence of some miracles endures.
I am not aware of observable astronomical effects which linger from the miracles to which you refer. However some have suggested that the greatest miracle of all—creation ex nihilo—is to be associated with the cosmological theory of the Big Bang. This is the “let there be light” of Genesis, the effects of which, ie the observable universe, are very much with us today.
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
I hope you fasted well yesterday.
Thank you for the insights into the Kinnot, making them easier to understand.
In the afternoon, I was listening to a shiur on Eichah on Torahanytime.  As an aside, the speaker mentioned that the 1st perek of Eichah is the source for the order of the alef bet as we know it.  Other chapters also follow the alef bet chronology but with ayin en peh interchanged.
He quoted Rabbi Shimon Schwab as his source.
Although he did not elaborate on this, surely Sefer Tehillim predates Megillat Eichah by centuries.  Several psalms are written in the alef bet order (e.g.
psalm 119).
Can you please clarify?
Thank you & best wishes.
PhilippeHi Philippe
TY for your sophisticated Q.
I have also heard that the question of the sequence of samekh and 'ayin is subject to dispute. It seems that there are indications that in Paleo-Hebrew the order is reversed from what we know. It is alleged that chapters 2, 3 and 4 of Eichah (chapter 5 is not alphabetical) reflect the original order. Of course, as you say, ch 1 conforms to the order with which we are family.
You are right that Tehillim predates Eichah, however a critic can claim that the order was redacted to bring it in line with the accepted/preferred sequence. This is particularly true for ch. 119, where each of the 8 vv per letter are their own group, and each set of 8 vv. can easily be repositioned. The question is in Ps. 34 or 145, if the internal logic of the passage sheds light on the correct sequence. In Ps. 34, some claim that the v. starting with the letter peh makes more sense to follow the verse starting with samekh (due to the common appearance of the word ra'). I am not convinced that this argument is compelling.
I will stick with the mesorah, that 'ayin belongs before peh. Best to look before speaking.
Rabbi Rashi Simon
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