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Is there a blessing recited when planting a fruit tree?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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There is no blessing for planting trees. Generally, blessings are recited upon receiving pleasure from something. Planting a tree will bring you pleasure in the future, but does not supply immediate gratification.

Once a year, however, 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.]

There is also a special blessing recited when having a first taste of a seasonal fruit (this blessing is recited before the standard "Ha'etz" blessing recited on fruit):

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech ha-olam, she-heche-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh.

[Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.]

Footnotes

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

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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.
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