Sunday, March 29, 2009

Halocho #299 - Bless the blossoms

Nissan is the time of year when trees start to blossom (in the Northern hemisphere).

The first time a year that one sees edible fruit trees blossoming one says:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱלקֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם- Blessed are you Hashem, our G-d, King of the universe, שֶׁלּא חִסֵּר בְּעוֹלָמוֹ כְּלוּם - for nothing is lacking in His universe, וּבָרָא בוֹ בְּרִיּוֹת טוֹבוֹת וְאִילָנוֹת טוֹבִים - and He created in it good creatures and good trees, לֵהָנוֹת בָּהֶם בְּנֵי אָדָם - to cause mankind pleasure with them.

Once the flowers have fallen off and the fruit is visible then one can no longer say this Bracha .

One only makes this Bracha once a year.

It's an ancient custom to provide the needy with money for their Pessach needs, during the early part of Nissan, up and above ones regular charity contributions.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, 60:1, Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, 226:1, 429:1

- Danny Sunday, 4 Nissan 5769

Please daven for a complete recovery for Tamar bat Naama - תמר בת נעמה

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