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It’s Still Not Too Late For Birkath Ha’Ilanoth

April 20, 2015

As we wrote before, the exact time for the annual blessing on seeing flowering fruit trees is vaguely referred to as the Nisan season because the actual month of Nisan can be a thirty-day period any time from the second week of March to mid May. Next year, for example, Passover will only start on April 22, and Nisan will only end in the first week of May. Also, as our readers in North America can attest, the unusually cold and long winter delayed the local trees from blooming until quite late in the season. Officially, the last time to say the blessing is when all the flowers fall from the trees. One might ask, what if someone were to find fruit trees with flowers at the end of June or July: would he still be able to recite the blessing even though it is not by any stretch still considered Nisan season? The answer is that such a thing can not happen as long as spring came on time. That is, if the trees bloom in late March, the flowers will of course fall off by the end of May, and if for whatever reason there are still flowers on the trees after June, it means that spring started extra late, and indeed, the time for the blessing has just been shifted some months later.

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