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Ma'aseh Vereishit - Blessing when seeing natural wonders

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Maker of the works of creation

For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. - Psalm 92:4

The following blessing is traditionally recited whenever you want to praise the LORD for the works of His creation (for example upon seeing lightning, a shooting star, or a comet, or when first seeing a mountain, a river, an ocean or other natural wonder):

Ma-aseh Vereshit

Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe,
who makes the works of creation.

Barukh attah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
oseh ma'aseh vereishit.

Note: Jewish Halakhah regarding this sort of blessing verges on the ludicrous. For instance, Rabbinic tradition says that a person should recite this blessing for a shooting star only once in a particular night, even if he sees other shooting stars later that night. And should a person recite this blessing upon seeing a comet, he should not recite it again for at least thirty days, even if he sees another comet!


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