Is There a Bracha For Earthquakes?

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ny-earthquakeThe Gemara (Brachos 54a) tells us that whoever witnesses an earthquake, as well as a number of other natural phenomena in which Hashem’s awesome power is apparent, should immediately say either one of the following two brachos:

Baruch Atta Hashem Elokeinu Melech ha’olam osei ma’asei vereishis.
Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who reenacts the works of creation.

Baruch Atta Hashem Elokeinu Melech ha’olam shekocho ugevuraso malei olam.
Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, whose power and might fill the world.

This helps bring into focus how the forces of nature are all truly from G‑d and expressions of His majesty.

{Menachem Posner/Matzav.com Newscenter}

3 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for this article. The notion of making a bracha regarding the earthquake came to me in the middle of the night.

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