Rav Dovid Heber: On Astronomy and Kidush Hashem by rabbiweiner | Jan 29, 2017 | Yached Levaveinu | 1 comment 1 Comment Barbara B Bailey on August 17, 2017 at 1:25 am Very interesting. Thank you. Another interpretation might be that the language used “Chatzot Halayla” was not “stam” a nice literary expression, but actually evidence that Shibud Miztzraim (and the Exodus) really did occur! That term, if one checks Egyptian writings from the time period of the Exodus, was actually the term the Egyptians used to tell time at night. During the day, they used a sun dial – but at night, without sun, an invention called the “water clock” was used. The best that the water clock could do was tell when “half the night” was over, which occurred when the water clock emptied. Of course, the water clock could never be exact, because it depended on humans filling the clock. So, while the degree from Shamayim was exactly “B’chatzot” – in Mitzraim as measured via the water clock, the clock could only approximate that time or “C’Chatzot” Reply Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.