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What blessing do we recite when seeing a budding fruit tree?

by Rabbi Shlomo Chein

  

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Once a year, upon seeing a fruit tree that has begun to bud, we make a special blessing. This blessing may only be recited during the month of Nissan, and only once a year.1 The blessing is:

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech ha-olam she-lo chi-sar b'ola-mo k'lum, u'va-ra vo bri-yos to-vos v'ila-nos to-vos ley-ha-nos ba-hem bnei a-dam.

[Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has not made His world lacking in anything and has created its goodly creatures and goodly trees to give pleasure to mankind.]

Footnotes

  • 1. Seder Birchas Hanehnin from Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi 13:14. Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 60:1

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Nissan
The first month of the Jewish calendar. This month, which falls out in early spring, is known for the holiday of Passover which starts on the 15th of Nissan.
G-d
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.