Rabbi Shlomo Sobol
Former Rosh Kollel in Detroit

 

In Eretz Yisrael, we begin reciting “v’tein tal u’matar” (the petition for rain) on 7 Cheshvan, but in chu”l, they do not start until sixty days after “tekufat Tishrei”.

One who forgets to recite “v’tein tal u’matar”:

1. If one remembers before reaching Hashem’s Name in “baruch atah Hashem mevarech hashanim,” one should go back to “v’tein tal u’matar” and then proceed as usual.

2. If one remembers after reciting Hashem’s Name, one should conclude “mevarech hashanim,” say “v’tein tal u’matar livrachah al pnei haadamah,” and then continue on with “t’ka b’shofar…”

3. If one remembers after beginning “t’ka,” one should recite the brachah of shome’a tefilah – “v’tein tal u’matar livrachah al pnei haadamah ki atah tefilat amecha Yisrael…” – and then proceed as usual.

4. If one remembers after reciting Hashem’s Name in “baruch atah Hashem shome’a tefilah,” but before reaching the words “shome’a tefilah” – one should conclude “lamdeini chukecha,” say “v’tein tal u’matar livrachah al pnei haadamah ki atah shome’a,” and then finish the brachah of shome’a tefilah as usual.

5. If one remembers after concluding the brachah of shome’a tefilah but before beginning “retzai”, one should say, “v’tein tal u’matar livrachah al pnei haadamah,” and then continue on to “retzai”.

6. If one remembers after beginning “retzai” but before reaching the words, “yehiyu l’ratzon imrei pi” (before “oseh shalom”), one should go back to “bareich aleinu” and then proceed as usual.

7. If one remembers after reciting, “yehiyu l’ratzon,” one must go back to the beginning of the amidah.

8. If one is not sure whether or not one remembered – If this occurs within thirty days (i.e. until minchah of 7 Kislev), one is considered as one who did not remember. If this occurs after thirty days, one is considered as one who did remember, and therefore, one does not have to repeat the tefilah.

May HaKadosh Baruch Hu hear our prayers, and may we be privileged to enjoy a rainy and blessed year.