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Does a person need to see 2 trees to make birkat ha'ilanot is this preferable or is this completely unnecessary and carries with it no benefit?

  • Related to mi.yodeya.com/questions/6715/birchas-illonos-questions , but I won't mark this a duplicate, since it's a bit more specific, and since this aspect of the other question didn't get answered yet. – Isaac Moses Apr 27 '11 at 15:46
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    Does a person need to see 2 trees to make birkat ha'ilanot is this preferable or is this completely unnecessary and carries with it no benefit? – Double AA Apr 1 '12 at 16:57
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Nitei Gavriel Pesach1 6:11 says in the name of Avodas Hakodesh 198 that it is preferable to make on at least 2 trees, however Halacha requires only 1 tree per Sheilas Yaakov 2:8 and B'Tzail HaChochmo 6:36.

I have heard that the reason is, since the Bracha is for Ilanos - which is a Lashon Rabim - therefore there are Poskim that say that it is preferable to say it on a minimum of 2 trees. However there are many stories of Gedolim that have said it on an individual tree, (such as Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Aurbach Zatzal).

  • Does that mean it's preferable to say Borei Minei Mezonot on two kinds of cookie? – Double AA Apr 7 '16 at 14:01

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