“Vesein Tal Umatar” Begins in Eretz Yisroel

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At Maariv tonight, 7 Cheshvan, in Eretz Yisroel, we begin to say Vesein Tal Umatar during the Shemonah Esrei in the bracha of Boreich Aleinu. Residents of chutz laaretz won’t start saying it until December.

The 7 Cheshvan date is based on the shitah of Rabban Gamliel, who says that tefillah for rain is suspended until fifteen days after Sukkos, so that the last of the olei regel returning home to Bavel from Yerushalayim will reach the River Euphrates and not be delayed by the rain.

In chutz laaretz, we wait until December 4th based on the shitah of Chananiah to wait until 60 days after the Yomim Noraim.

If one became aware after completing the bracha of Mevareich Hashanimthat one omitted Vesein Tal Umatar, one should wait to insert it right before “Ki atah shomeiah” in Shema Koleinu.

If one has already completed the bracha of Shomeiah Tefillah, one may insert Vesein Tal Umatar before saying Retzei. If one has already started Retzei, one must return to the bracha of Boreich Aleinu, which is the proper place for Vesein Tal Umatar. If one already completed the Shemonah Esrei and stepped backward, one must repeat the entire Shemonah Esrei (Shulchan Aruch with Mishna Berurah 117:5. See also Bi’ur Halacha).

(It is advisable to repeat 101 times [and at the very least 90 times] “Ve’es kol minei sevu’asah letovah vesein tal umatar” so as to make the inclusion of Vesein Tal Umatar habitual and fluent, thus eliminating any future doubt as to whether one included Vesein Tal Umatar in Shemonah Esrei or not.

Please feel free to print this out and hang it up or distribute it in shuls and yeshivos.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

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