In the Hebrew month of Nissan, Jewish law commands us to say the blessing for the newly awakened trees.
From the first of the month, we go out into the fields in search of at least two fruit trees in bloom that can both be seen at the same time, and we say the blessing: “Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, Who has left nothing lacking in His world, and has created within it good creatures and good trees, so that mankind may enjoy them”
The blessing teaches us that according to Jewish tradition, we can – and should – enjoy the beauty of creation, and to be thankful for it.
As wonderful as it is to fulfill this mitzvah in the Land of Israel in the month of Nissan, the message is so important that outside of Israel, if trees are not yet in bloom, one may fulfill this commandment at another time, when nature makes it possible to do so.
And may we all be blessed for the springtime festival of Passover as God promised Moses, “I will give you the rains in their season, and the land will give its produce, and the trees of the field will give forth their fruit. Your threshing will continue until the harvest, and your harvest will continue until the sowing, and you will eat of your bread until you are sated, and you will dwell safely in your land.” (Leviticus 26:4-5).
Wishing you all a happy and Kosher Pesach holiday,
Executive Director, Neot Kedumim