Blessings for Various Occasions

On seeing Lightning and other natural wonders

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam oseh ma’aseh vereshit.
We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe, Source of creation and its wonders.

Upon recovery from serious illness or upon escape from danger

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam shegemalani kol tov.
I praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe, who bestows great goodness upon me.

On seeing the ocean

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam she’asah et hayam hagadol.
We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe, for the life-giving waters of the sea.

Over bread

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam Borei peri ha-motzi le-chem min ha-aretz.
We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe.

Over wine

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam Borei peri ha-gafen.
We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe, Creator of the the fruit of the vine.

Over fruits that grow in soil

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam Borei peri ha’adama.
We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the soil.

Over fruits that grow on trees

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam Borei peri ha’etz.
We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.

Over pastry

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam Borei minei mezonot.
We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe, Creator of many kinds of food.

Over food other than breads, fruits or vegetables, and over liquids other than wine

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam shehakol niheyeh bidevaro.
We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe, by whose word all things come into being.

Rainbows

Everybody loves rainbows, a symbol of renewal in nature. While all wonders of nature deserve blessings, rainbows have the power to make us stop and look. And to say a special blessing for the rainbow. It is a sign of the covenant with Noah, but it is also one of the most beautiful of God’s creations.

Barukh attah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
zokher haberit vene’eman bivrito v’kaiyam bema’amaro.

Praised are you Adonai, our God, Sovereign of the world, Who remembers the covenant, who keeps the promise, and fulfills God’s word.

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