Originally posted March 21, 2007.
One of my daughters is currently in Washington, D.C. on her senior trip. Whenever I think of Washington,D. C., I think of its gorgeous cherry blossoms which I have only had the opportunity to see in person once. That would be a great place to say Birkhas HaIlan, the blessing over the trees that is included amongst the mitzvos of Nissan. Last year I wrote Nothing Missing in His World with a few insights on this once a year blessing at Beyond Teshuva.
This is the only blossoming tree I have in my Israel collection from last year’s trip.
Here’s an amazing post at Heichal HaNegina on Birhas HaIlan and The Pittsburgher Rebbe’s famous niggun “Ilan, Ilan”.