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Oct 21

Berakhah (Blessing) Facts and Questions

 

Rabbi Rebecca; What are some of the things you found out during our session on Saturday (Shabbat) afternoon?

  • “There’s a בְּרָכָה (berakhah – blessing) to say when you hear thunder or see lightning.”
  • “There’s a בְּרָכָה (berakhah) for when something terrible happens to you and you survive.”
  • “Not all בְּרָכוֹת (berakhot, plural) start w Barukh atah adonai…
  • “There’s a בְּרָכָה (berakhah) for everything!”

And then they said this:

Boy 1: “I think, literally, everything!”

Boy 2: “For breathing?”

Boy 1: “There’s a בְּרָכָה (berakhah) for being alive.”

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Here we are, starting to categorize the בְּרָכוֹת (berakhot) we know. We’ll review the results of this exploration next week.

As we worked, we laughed at each other’s jokes, and asked questions about בְּרָכוֹת (berakhot).

“If you live in a mountain region, do you say the בְּרָכָה (blessing) for seeing mountains every day?”

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“How would you have time to say so many בְּרָכוֹת (blessings)?”

“There’s a בְּרָכָה (blessing) for seeing something beautiful in nature. Why are there separate בְּרָכוֹת (blessings) for specific things in nature?”

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“If you were to follow every single בְּרָכָה, you’d have a lot of בְּרָכוֹת to say every day. It’s important to say בְּרָכוֹת, but to say one every 5 seconds, every time, I don’t know if it’s tedious or holy or what.”

 

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