Audio by Rabbi Chaim Brown

Berakhot 9:3: When one builds a new house, and acquires new vessels, he says, “Blessed [is He] that kept us alive [and sustained us and brought us to this time].” Bless upon the bad which contains good, and upon the good which contains bad. He who prays over what has already happened, this prayer is in vain. How? If his wife was pregnant and he said, “May it be your will that my wife give birth to a boy," this prayer is in vain. If he was coming on the way and heard the sound of screaming in the city, and he said, “May it be your will that these are not the children of my house," this is a prayer in vain.

בנה בית חדש, וקנה כלים חדשים, אומר ברוך שהחינו. מברך על הרעה מעין הטובה, ועל הטובה מעין הרעה. הצועק לשעבר, הרי זו תפלת שוא. כיצד? היתה אשתו מעברת, ואמר, יהי רצון שתלד אשתי זכר, הרי זו תפלת שוא. היה בא בדרך ושמע קול צוחה בעיר, ואמר, יהי רצון שלא יהיו אלו בני ביתי, הרי זו תפלת שוא.

Berakhot 9:4: One who enters a fortified city should pray twice, once on his entrance and once on his exit. Ben Azzai said, “Four; twice on his entrance and twice on his exit, and [he should] give thanks for what is past and supplicate for the future."

הנכנס לכרך מתפלל שתים, אחת בכניסתו ואחת ביציאתו. בן עזאי אומר, ארבע, שתים בכניסתו ושתים ביציאתו, ונותן הודאה לשעבר, וצועק לעתיד לבא.

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