More than mere expressions of gratitude, blessings are portals to other spiritual realms.
The Shehechiyanu is a blessing that expresses gratitude for new, or special, experiences.
This blessing, traditionally recited for firsts, can be said anytime -- since every moment is new and unprecedented.
Blessings for Food
This series of blessings recited after meals is about much more than just food.
Jewish tradition calls for the washing of hands every morning, which serves as a reminder to use them for holy purposes.
Most Jewish prayers are recited at regular intervals or on specific occasions, but a few are said in circumstances that are anything but routine.
What liturgy goes with which holiday, and where you can find it.
Blessings are not meant to flow into us, but rather to flow through us.
Text in English for the Shema and the three blessings that accompany it.
The blessing in transliteration and English.