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November 2018 ......................... Cheshvan - Kislev 5779 ......................... Volume 13 Issue 11

Hebrew Berachot (Blessings)

Angela Kunkel
by
Angela Renee Kunkel

 


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If you enjoy something in this world without saying
a blessing, it is as if you
stole it.

~Talmud Berachot 35A

Brachot (blessings or benedictions) are the fundamental components of prayer. The verb root berech means to “bow” or bend the “knee” and thus indicates an act of submission to the Holy One. Maimonidies, one of the greatest Jewish scholars of all time, classified blessings into three categories: (1) those recited before “experiences of enjoyment,” such as food and drink; (2) those recited for the privilege of performing religious commandments, such as hearing the shofar, wearing the tallit, and kindling the Sabbath lights; and (3) those that “express petition, thanksgiving, or praise” in public or private worship, such as Grace after Meals.

Every blessing begins with “Baruch-Ata-Adonai” (“Blessed are You, G-d”) and is a statement of recognition. It states, “You, G-d, are the source of all blessing.” This statement is a humble reminder that it is not “my power and might of my hand” that has gained me this wealth. (Deuteronomy 8:17). It is expressing our dependence on the Holy One, acknowledging that He is

  the source from which everything comes to us.

Sounding the Shofar

Our Father Abraham was an inspiration to us all by inspiring his guests to ‘give G-d a try’! According to the Midrash, when Abraham pitched his tent in Beersheba, he placed it in the middle of an intercity highway. With the majority of travelers passing by, Abraham made sure he was noticed. His tent was open on all four sides so that anyone and everyone knew they were welcome and could stop and enjoy a royal feast. At the end of the feast the guests would want to thank Abraham for his hospitality. Abraham would reply, “HaShem provides our food and sustains us moment by moment, to Him we should give thanks”. Abraham would exhort his guests to bless G-d. Those who complained and did not want to recite the blessing were asked for payment for the meal. However, after the reluctant learned how much a steak, loaf of bread, and a bottle of wine cost in the middle of the desert they often conceded and offered blessing to HaShem.
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