Blessing on Blossoming Fruit Trees

Mar 16, 2021 Article

• This blessing is said just once a year—the first time that he sees it.1

• Although the ideal situation is for the blessing to be said during the month of Nissan, it would seem that post facto (bedi’eved), if one did not see the trees blossoming until the month of Iyar, it would be permitted to say the blessing.2

• One is permitted to say this blessing even on the Shabbat and on holidays.3

• Preferably, an effort should be made that the blessing be said when seeing two trees at one time. However, if there is only one tree, the blessing can still be said.4

• The blessing should not be said on trees which grow fruits that are crossgrafted from two species.5

• In Australia and other countries of the southern hemisphere, where the trees blossom during the months of Elul and Tishrei, the blessing can be said at that time.6

FOOTNOTES
1.

There are a number of authorities, including Eliyah Rabbah, who say that if one did not say the blessing the first time, it can still be said when seeing it the second time. However, the Alter Rebbe does not agree. According to his view, if one missed the opportunity the first time that he saw it, he cannot say it again during that year.

2.

Seder Birchos ha-Nehenin 13:14; Ketzos ha-Shulchan 66:9; Badei ha-Shulchan 69:18.

3.

Nit’ei Gavriel, Pesach 6:7.

4.

Badei ha-Shulchan 69:18.

5.

Nit’ei Gavriel, Pesach 6:13.

6.

Nit’ei Gavriel, quoting Minchas Yitzchak 10:16.