ותן ברכה על פני האדמה
AND GIVE A BLESSING ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH
Please, Hashem, give a blessing – the sun, the rain, the wind – all upon the miraculous ‘face of the earth’, the precious topsoil which contains within it all that is necessary to sustain all life.
ותן טל ומטר לברכה
AND GIVE DEW AND RAIN FOR A BLESSING
We specify the dew and the rain that You bestow upon us לברכה, with the precise amount and abundance necessary for blessing, reminding ourselves further that You are the source of all blessing.
AND SATIATE US FROM ITS ABUNDANCE
Please allow us to satiate ourselves from the goodness of the land. “Not by bread alone does a man live” (Dvarim 8:3). Solely through Your goodness, Hashem, can any food affectively nourish us.
וברך שנתנו כשנים הטובות
AND BLESS OUR YEAR LIKE THE GOOD YEARS
Please bless us with kindliness like the ‘good years’ of old, years that we remember, and years that our fathers and Chazal have related and depicted to us.