Pesach mission #8: Smell the flowers
Last Shabbat was Rosh Chodesh Nisan. It is tradition to say a blessing now on the flowering fruit trees that smell so wonderful. Take a few minutes from your hectic schedule and go out to an orchard. Recite the blessing below:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’ אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁלֹּא חִסֵּר בְּעוֹלָמוֹ כְּלוּם וּבָרָא בוֹ בְּרִיּוֹת טוֹבוֹת וְאִילָנוֹת טוֹבוֹת לֵהָנוֹת בָּהֶם בְּנֵי אָדָם.
Translation: Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has made nothing lacking in His world, and created in it goodly creatures and goodly trees to give mankind pleasure. Source: Chabad.org It is so important not to forget to stop and breathe during this oh-so-crazy time. Why don’t you make it a picnic while you are there? Ready for the next mission? Go to Pesach mission #9: The children are not the Passover sacrifice!