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Here Comes the Sun!

Rav Dovid gives a daily halacha at the Wall Street Synagogue in Lower Manhattan.
This series examines the once-in-a-generation blessing for the sun.
13 Nissan 5769 listen The Nusach for Birkas HaChama (15:45)
When we say Birkas HaChama, we include passages to accompany the blessing itself.
12 Nissan 5769 listen Birkas HaChama: Halachic Summary (12:46)
Times, cloudy days, women and children, and other issues.
9 Nissan 5769 listen Birkat HaChama: Summary Overview (13:33)
Review and summary of the blessing for the sun.
15 Cheshvan 5769 listen Birkat HaChama: Understanding the Calendar (16:19)
If our Hebrew calendar is based on Rav Adda's calculations, why is birkat ha-chama based on Mar Shmuel's calculations? Also, why don't we say shehechiyanu when we say birkat ha-chama?
Sources: Misat Binyamin 101
14 Cheshvan 5769 listen Birkat HaChama: What if it's a cloudy day? (15:55)
Can birkat ha-chama be made if you can't see the sun?
Sources: Shaarei Teshuva 239:3
13 Cheshvan 5769 listen Birkat HaChama: Halacha l'Ma'aseh (15:28)
The ideal time to make birkat hachama is just after netz ha-chama; in practical terms, this means just after shacharit.
Sources: OC 239:2; MB 239:6-10
12 Cheshvan 5769 listen Birkat HaChama According to the Rambam (11:57)
Understanding the blessing over the sun according to the Rambam; also: the constellations and astrological signs.
9 Cheshvan 5769 listen What blessing is only said on a Wednesday? (12:34)
What blessing is said only once every 28 years?
Sources: Brachot 59a

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Pesukei d'Zimra | Kriat Shema | Amidah | Geshem and Tal | Mincha
Kaddish | Amen! | Shabbos | Kiddush | Shofar | Teshuva
Rosh HaShana | Ten Days | Yom Kippur | Sukkos | Pesach | Sefirat HaOmer
Shavuot | Chanukah | Purim | Rosh Chodesh | Tu B'Shvat
Fast Days | The Three Weeks | Tisha B'Av | The Four Parshiyot | Parshat HaShavua
The Kosher Kitchen | Issur v'Heter | Speaking to G-d | Spiritual Reality, Spiritual Freedom
The Jewish Calendar | A Practical Guide to Shabbos | Chinuch: Education | Rav Dovid's Shiurim
True or False? | Respect for Parents, Elders, and Torah Scholars | Ben Adam l'Chaveiro
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