blessings

The Torah Blessings: Celebrating the Source of ‘Eternal Life’

The idea that the Torah is alive and ever-changing is encoded in the blessings recited before and after an aliyah.

Havdalah: Celebrating the Uniqueness of the Jewish people

Reveling in uniqueness is wonderful, proclaiming superiority is not.

Lighting Shabbat Candles

Everything you need to know about kindling the Sabbath lights.

Is Kosher Food Blessed by a Rabbi?

Blessing food does not make it kosher, nor is food that has not been blessed necessarily unkosher.

Birkat Hagomel: A Blessing For Coming through Trauma — and Prevailing

This prayer expresses gratitude for the miracle of healing and full restoration to life.

How to Say Yom Kippur Blessings

Blessings said at home to enter Yom Kippur.

How to Say Netilat Yadayim

This blessing is recited after ritually washing one's hands.

How to Say Birkat Hamazon (Grace After Meals)

This blessing of thanksgiving is said after completing a meal.

Thank You For Not Making Me A Gentile

How a convert came to embrace Judaism's most controversial blessing.

How to Say the Asher Yatzar Blessing

This blessing of thanksgiving is traditionally recited upon exiting the restroom.