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In my shul, people answer something after "Morid hatal" in the Hazara of the Amida. It sounds like "Livraha". Do you know what word it is exactly and what it means?

Thank you

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According to this article from the Da'at website:

During the repetition of the amida, it is the Tunisian custom for the congregation to respond "livracha" (meaning "for blessing") after the words "Morid hageshem" (meaning "He brings down the rain", recited during the winter months) or "Morid hatal" (meaning "He brings down the dew", recited during the summer months).

  • Thanks a lot! But I do not understand for what is the blessing. Do we say livracha because rain is a blessing or is it because rain is here so we can bless hachem ? – Mol Jul 17 '14 at 16:59
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    @Mol I always got the impression that saying "li-Vrakhah" was alluding to Birkat ha-Shanim, where in the winter we say "... ve-Ten Tal u-Matar li-Vrakhah ...". – Tamir Evan Jul 17 '14 at 17:30
  • @Mol - The reference of saying "Morid Hageshem" or "...Tal" is for the land of Israel, not for those outside it. As you now, Israel has a wet & dry season, so rain is a blessing in the winter (Mas. Ta'anit is primarily based on the calamities when it rains late or not at all - an example), Dew is even more important when there is no rain in the summer. Without some moisture, the land & its produce and people would suffer greatly. In short, both rain & dew are blessings from G-d & we say that it should come in the right amount and right time as well. Otherwise, it's no blessing! – DanF Jul 17 '14 at 17:37
  • @Mol To clarify Tamir's comment: The ninth blessing of the amida contains the entreaty (during winter time) "... ve-Ten Tal u-Matar li-Vrakhah ..." meaning "and provide dew and rain for blessing." This is a request that the dew and rain come in the proper time and proper amount such as to bring blessing to the world. See also Tur (OC 117, ובספרד נוהגין לשאול טל בימות החמה שאומרים ותן טל לברכה אע״ג דטל לא מיעצר מתפללין עליו שיתנהו לברכה). – Fred Jul 17 '14 at 20:26

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