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Oct 29

Breaking down Berakhot

There is so much to learn about בְּרָכָה (berakhah-Blessing), our new theme. And this week in Shorashim v’ Shteelim we’ve been breaking our ברכות (brakhot– blessings) down to the essentials:

We can figure out how to spell it.

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We can pick (and create) our favorite foods that make us feel thankful, and the בְּרָכָה that goes with them.

 

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“This kind of pasta… It’s מזונות (mezonot-sustenance).”

 

We can tell you with our words and our dancing how incredible things outside make us feel.

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For the sounds of a beehive: “Spinny…Silly…Calm!”

“Fireworks make me scared. My dad covers my ears” “Fireworks make me feel happy. Actually no, excited.”

 

We can distinguish between things that could use a בְּרָכָה for food, things that could use a בְּרָכָה for nature, and (sneak peak!) special Jewish things that have their own ברכות.
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And we can ask questions about which בְּרָכָה to say when and puzzle through the answers ourselves:

What happens when we’re about to eat something that has two different kinds of food in it? And what if you see something for which you could say a food בְּרָכָה AND a nature בְּרָכָה?

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“If you see an apple tree, you would say the one for nature. Because we already say food בְּרָכָה for apples- just the apples.”

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“It’s strawberries in water. What (בְּרָכָה) could I say for this?… (I would say the בְּרָכָה for) the strawberry, not מים (mayim-water).”

 

To finish off the week, we did a בְּ (bet) scavenger hunt in Beit Shorashim. Turns out when we find one, it’s often inside a בְּרָכָה.

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There’s something else that’s stewing in Beit Shorashim v’Shteelim, check us out next week to find out what it is!

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