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Bracha on new irrigation water source in Mexico

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Rabbi Ari Shvat

Cheshvan 28, 5772
Question
Dear Rabbi: Is there a special Bracha for a new aqueduct for irrigation upon its inauguration? We have prayed for it for the last 25 years and now it will start operating for the first time in a few days. This blessing of new water will change the life of many people in the northern part of Mexico, now under severe drought. Bebrachá Eliezer ben Meir
Answer
Shalom and Mazal Tov! Whenever there is a communal simcha that the people are truly happy (even 2 people or more), one must make the bracha "Baruch Ata.... haOlam HaTov v'Hameitiv", that G-d is good and does good (so too we should emulate him and also be good and do good to many) as opposed to a personal happiness, where one makes "Shehcheiyanu". I would also add a prayer that just as the aqueduct helps many in the exile, may we merit to build such projects permanently for the nation of Israel, in the Holy Land (see Resp. Chatam Sofer Yor. D. 138). With Love of Israel Rav Ari Shvat
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