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ותן ברכה על פני האדמה
AND GIVE A BLESSING ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH

“The face of the earth”. Of all the many blessings that Hashem bestows upon the face of the earth, such as the dew, the rain, the wind and the sun, none are as precious as the actual ‘face of the earth’ itself. The miraculous topsoil, although relatively it is only as thin as the top page of a thick book, contains within it the minerals and organisms that are necessary to sustain all life. We therefore ask of Hashem that He give blessing on the ‘face of the earth’, for all of these resources are only effective with the blessing of Hashem.