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Tractate Berakoth, by , by A. Lukyn Williams, [1921], at

The Mention of, and the Petition for, Rain, also the Habdalah, in the Prayer.

M.V. 2. They make mention of 3 the powers of the M. rains 4 in the [Benediction of] the resurrection of the dead, 5 and they ask for rains in the Benediction of the years 6 and [they add] the Habdalah 7 in "Thou that graciously givest knowledge." 8 R. Aqiba used to say: One says it (the Habdalah) as a fourth Benediction by itself. R. Eliezer used to say: With the Hoda’ah9

T. III. 9. If he has not made mention of the power of the rains in [the Benediction of] the Resurrection of the dead, and has not asked for the rains in the Benediction of the years, he must be turned back.

If he has not said the Habdalah at "Thou that graciously givest knowledge," he says it over the.

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cup. 1 If he has not said it [there] he must be turned back.

R. Jose said: Also he who has not made mention of [the covenant] in the thanksgiving for the land 2 must be turned back.


39:3 make mention of. In contrast to direct petition, see note 5.

39:4 the powers of the rains. So literally, but the phrase connotes the manifestations of the Divine power in sending rain.

39:5 the resurrection of the dead. The words "Thou causest the wind to blow and the rain to fall" are inserted in the second Benediction of the Eighteen during the winter months (SA, P. 44).

39:6 the years. The petition for rain is used in the ninth Benediction from Dec. 4 to the first day of Passover (SA, p. 47).

39:7 the Habdalah. A short Benediction at the conclusion of sabbath. See Staerk, p. 26; cf. SA, pp. 216 sq., Jewish Encyclopedia, vi. pp. 118-121.

39:8 knowledge. The fourth Benediction (SA, p. 46).

39:9 the Hoda’ah, p. 34 note.

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