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Spring Comes to the Gush

Posted by rutimizrachi on 05/04/2009

Yom sheni, 12 Nisan 5769.

Blessed are you, Hashem, our God, King of the universe, for nothing is lacking in His universe, and He created in it good creatures and good trees, to cause mankind pleasure with them.   

In the English translation of the Modim of the Rabbis that is said during the repetition of the Shemoneh Esrei, we say “[We thank you] for inspiring us to thank You.”  I have always loved that passage.  Many times throughout our day, the prayerbook inspires us to show G-d appreciation for the many gifts He gives us that we might otherwise take for granted.

One of those prayers is said only once each year, upon seeing fruit trees in bloom.

Even though this special prayer was also available to me in Chutz l’Aretz, it feels even more special to say it in this very holy place.  Please let me share some of the local Gush Etzion beauty with you.

 

 We had a few guests drop by, as the weather started to warm up.  A couple of them even posed for photos.

 And, of course, some of the greatest beauty is the Jewish people and their love for the mitzvot…  such as cleaning every inch of their homes for Pesach.

 Thank you, Borei Olam, for this beautiful Land, and for all of the lovely, colorful flowers and the interesting creatures and the fine and holy people that fill it.

Thank you most of all for friends with whom to share Your wondrous creation.

Chag Pesach sameach v’kasher l’kulam!

Haveil Havalim #211 is posted at Ima’s place.  She calls it “The Preparing for Pesach Edition.”  There is some fun stuff in there to take your mind off of your scrubbing and cleaning…  or to focus you more intently.  Take a break.  You deserve it!

Glossary:
Modim:  acknowledgment, gratitude, admission
Shemoneh Esrei:   prayer with “eighteen blessings (plus)”  said three times daily
Chutz l’Aretz:  everywhere outside of Israel
Mitzvot:  commandments, elevated deeds
Pesach:  Passover
Borei Olam:  Creator of the world
Chag Pesach sameach v’kasher l’kulam!:  Happy and kosher Passover to everyone!

 

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Here Comes the Sun!

Posted by rutimizrachi on 27/03/2009

Yom shishi, 2 Nisan 5769.

 
A current hit song in Israel cheerfully blasts the fact that “eize kef l’hiyot Yehudi!” — “it is fun/cool to be a Jew.”  One of the coolest things about being a Jew is that we bless practically everything.  Nothing is taken for granted:  we make a blessing on being permitted to awaken to another day; we make a blessing when our bodies function properly; we even bless the time period between sleeping and waking.  There is no moment in the life of a Jew that doesn’t matter.  No such thing as “killing time,” chas v’shalom!
Once every 28 years, we are privileged to bless the sun.
Why only once ever 28 years?  Because, according to our tradition, the sun returns to its exact point in time and space that it was at the time of Creation every 28 years.  (There are, as always, discussions on the details of the timing:  the division isn’t exact, so how do the Sages deal with the discrepancy?  Easy to learn about; additonal fun — and I leave it to you.)

While there will undoubtedly be newsworthy celebrations of Birkat HaChama all over the Jewish world, as there have been in the past  — check out the 1897 observance in Times Square, for example — there is something very special about being permitted to celebrate here in Israel.

For local readers, take advantage of the many opportunities to learn about Birkat HaChama.  In Neve Daniel, a class will be given over by Rabbi Zvi Ron on yom rishon, 5 Nisan (March 29) at 20:30 (8:30 PM) at R’ Alonei Mamrei 411/4.  Men and women are welcome.

And for those who own a tee shirt from every major life event in the last several decades (you know who you are:  Woodstock —  “If you remember the sixties, you didn’t live through them”; The Eagles’ Reunion 1993 — “We didn’t break up; we just took a 14-year hiatus”), there is even a vintage Birkat HaChama tee shirt!  In Israel, contact David and Devorah Katz at 02 993 3936.  Free delivery for residents of Gush Etzion.  Get ’em while they’re hot!

Here Comes the Sun, lyrics by G. Harrison 
Here comes the sun (du dn du du)
Here comes the sun
And I say
Its alright
Little darling
Its been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling
It seems like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun
And I say
Its alright
Little darling
The smiles returning to the faces
Little darling
It seems like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun (du dn du du)
Here comes the sun
And I say
Its alright
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes (four times)
Little darling
I see the ice is slowly melting
Little darling
It seems like years since it’s been clear
Here comes the sun (du dn du du)
Here comes the sun
Its alright
Here comes the sun (du du du du)
Here comes the sun
Its alright
Its alright

Looking forward to celebrating with all of the Jews of the world.  Birkat HaChama, 14 Nisan 5769 (April 8, 2009).  See you there!  And may we all be here to see the sun rise on the long-standing Third Temple at the next Birkat HaChama celebration!
Hat tips to Chaya Gottesman, Yossi Baumol, Jameel, and Haim Makovsky 
 
Glossary:
Birkat HaChama:  blessing on the sun
Chas v’shalom:  “Heaven forbid”


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