The Shulchan Aruch OC (226:1) writes that

בא"י אמ"ה שלא חיסר בעולמו כלום וברא בו בריות טובות ואילנות טובות ליהנות בהם בני אדם - "Blessed Are you....who has not left anything lacking in the world and who has created in in good creations and good trees from which people can benefit."

How can we say there is nothing lacking in the world (we don't have a Beis Hamikdash, there seems to be tragedies, etc.) and why do we specifically mention the perfection of this world in this particular blessing about the spring?

  • All berachos tend towards the perfect state?
    – pcoz
    Commented Aug 24, 2021 at 2:14
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    I think the bracha just refers to the diversity of G-d's creations, not the state of society.
    – N.T.
    Commented Aug 24, 2021 at 6:38
  • Philosophically related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/99510/15256 Commented Aug 24, 2021 at 8:14
  • "Left anything lacking" is a bit of a mistranslation. It would be more accurately translated as "left anything out" - that subtle difference justifies the answer @user27154 wrote.
    – Yehuda
    Commented Aug 25, 2021 at 18:50
  • My approach to blessings is to see them apriori as educational rather than informative, i.g. they are meant to develop kindness, thankfulness, appreciation, rather than to properly describe reality. You might say to your kids "what a beautiful day", ignoring the fact that some people in Chile might be freezing to death, or others are caught in a dreadful tornado.
    – Al Berko
    Commented Aug 26, 2021 at 11:13

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I think that שלא חיסר Is that no concepts are missing, meaning everything was included in the creation (even the beis hamikdash, and even tragedies ר"ל.) My humble opinion

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