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    chofetzchaim
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    The following bracha is said only once a year, during the month of Nissan, on fruit trees in blossom.

    It is not said on flowering trees that do not bear fruit.

    It is not said on fruit trees that already have fruit.

    Only on fruit trees when they are displaying the flower blossoms that precede their fruit.

    It is preferable to say the bracha on at least two trees.

    The bracha should be said with a sense of awe, appreciation, admiration, and joy of HaShem and the world He created for us. We specifically acknowledge Him in the presence of fruit trees which delight our senses with their floral displays, even before they provide us with their tasty fruit. We realize that this is an extra-special gift from G-d to us.

    See Shulchan Aruch O.C. 226, Mishna Brura and other commentaries.

    BARUCH ATA ADONOI ELOHEINU MELECH HA’OLAM

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    For a list of trees with a Google Map see http://fruittrees.citykol.com/

    Other resources:

    http://www.ou.org/publications/ja/5762spring/blessing.pdf

    http://www.torah.org/advanced/weekly-halacha/5762/vayikra.html

    #941158

    Jax
    Member

    chofetzchaim: wow that google thing to find trees in your area is amazing! thank so much!

    #941159

    moish01
    Member

    hey how cool – my grandparents’ house is on that list 😉

    (now you can track me down… just visit every house and ask if they have a grandson Moish;))

    You mean your grandparents don’t add the 01 at the end, don’t they have many grandchildren named moish?

    #941160

    Jax
    Member

    moish: i’m on my way to do just that! kidding!

    #941161

    moish01
    Member

    actually, no. I’m the only Moish on that side but one of my cousins is “moishy” and he’s only like four or five years old.

    mind you, i just had to go through all the families in my head to remember that- we’re both named for people on the opposite sides.

    #941163

    YW Moderator-42
    Moderator

    I heard a story that 28 years ago, the last time Birchas Hachammah was recited, Rav Chaim Kanievsky went outside to say Birchas HaChama and saw a tree in blossom for the first time that season.

    He had to decide which comes first, Birchas Ha’Ilanos or Birchas Ha’Chama. You might think that Birchas Ha’Illanos is more tadir because we say it each year, as opposed to Birchas Hachammah, which we only say once every 28 years. On the other hand, Birchas Ha’Chammah is confined to a very limited time-frame – the first three hours of the day – whereas Birchas Ha’Illanos may be said at any point during the month of Nissan.

    #941164

    kapusta
    Participant

    Mod, nice!

    *kapusta*

    #941165

    squeak
    Participant

    why didn’t he just ask his father which to say first?

    #941166

    feivel
    Participant

    squeak

    zrizos b’Mitzvos

    both were incumbent upon him right then. (unless his father was standing right next to him)

    #941167

    squeak
    Participant

    feivel, 🙂 I’m assuming that since the mitzva is enhanced “b’roiv am”, where else in Bnei Brak would the Steipler have been?

    #941168

    PM
    Member

    The story from R’ Chaim is unlikely, because oseh maaseh bereishis is “matzui” not “tadir”. It does not come at regular intervals.

    #941170

    I have been told that I am not obligated to do Bichas Ha`Illanos because I live in the Southern Hemishpere. How do other Posters feel about this?

    #941171

    moish01
    Member

    is that why your name is “downunder?”

    #941172

    feivel
    Participant

    good point squeak

    #941173

    smh1
    Member

    where did that list of fruit trees come from? I’m assuming that people signed up; but I don’t recall seeing any sort of notice in the newspapers or online. it’s very cool (and a sign of the times) that Misaskim did this google hook-up to easily find the trees!

    I just hope that we get to say it this year. Today is 20 Nissan, and all we have up here in Canada are tiny buds. Can it really only be said in Nissan? what if no local trees have blossomed yet?

    #941174

    chofetzchaim
    Member

    smh1, it wasn’t Misaskim who did the Google Maps thing. Misaskim made the list, somebody from Viable Solutions took the Misaskim list and made a Google Maps thing out of it.

    #941175

    smh1
    Member

    chofetzchaim, thank you. who’s viable solutions? a frum company?

    and does anyone know how the list was put together? I’m curious…

    #941176

    chofetzchaim
    Member

    Yes, Viable Solutions is a frum company.

    I assume the list was put together by people submitting their addresses to Misaskim.

    #941177

    chofetzchaim
    Member

    bump

    #941178

    Shticky Guy
    Participant

    wherever you live or in whatever location you are in now, please post blossom tree locations here whenever you come across them, NEIGHBORHOOD/TOWN/CITY FOLLOWED BY STREET, lihanos bahem bnei adam.

    #941179

    Shticky Guy
    Participant

    Bump! Come on, who has not gotten round to say it yet? Not long left until the end of Nissan! Say it now or immediately after pesach otherwise you may miss it!

    #941180

    sam4321
    Participant

    What nusach : davar,or klum ?

    #941181

    chofetzchaim
    Member

    bump

    #941182

    Torah613Torah
    Participant

    Thanks for the reminder.

    #941183

    WIY
    Member

    Is anyone aware of a list of possible locations to make this brocha in Brooklyn?

    I prefer a place in boro park or kensington if possible.

    #941184

    SaysMe
    Member

    http://fruittrees.citykol.com

    there are also other listings. google it

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