blessings

Blessings Everywhere

The talmudic sages established brief blessings that make everyday events and perceptions into opportunities for spiritual awareness.

Graced With Food

By blessing after we eat, we elevate the act of eating by connecting with God.

Ashrei: Psalm 145

The internal and external structure of this carefully-crafted Psalm serves to reinforce its theme of praising God as the caring, divine ruler of all creation.

Who Has Not Made Me a Woman

Different versions and parallels from classical sources and manuscripts provide an interesting perspective on this controversial blessing.

Preliminary Morning Blessings and Psalms

Jewish liturgy encourages spiritual preparation prior to the main section of the morning service.

Berakhot 2a: What’s on the Opening Page of the Talmud

The Talmud treats the law as a given; its agenda is to see how the different understandings of that law relate to each other.