Friday, December 5, 2014

Barech Alenu

Barech Alenu
Day: Friday
Date: December 5, 2014
Parshat: Vayishlah
Yalkut Yosef: 321

In memory of Ettel bat Harav Chaim Shalom.

As of last night we stopped saying Barichenu in the Amida and switched to saying Barech Alenu. Ashkenazim always say Barech Alenu and in the winter add the words "veten tal umatar livracha." Outside of Eretz Yisrael this switch occurs sixty days after the equinox. In general this falls out either the night of the fourth or the fifth of December.

One who forgot and said Barichenu should go back to the words "veten tal umatar livracha" and continue from there. If he only remembered after finishing the beracha he should say "veten tal umatar livracha" between berachot and then continue on with the next beracha. If he only remembered when he got to Shema Kolenu he should insert it during Shema Kolenu before the words "ki ata shome'a tefilat." If he remembered after saying the words Baruch ata HaShem at the end of the beracha, he should say "lamdeni hukecha," say veten tal... and then finish off with "ki ata..." After Shema Kolenu he may say "veten tal..." if he remembers. Once he starts Retzeh however, he must got back to Barech Alenu and continue from there. If he finished the Amida, even if he hasn't yet stepped back, he must start over again from the beginning. A woman who forgets filled the same procedure.

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