The talmudic sages established brief blessings that make everyday events and perceptions into opportunities for spiritual awareness.
By blessing after we eat, we elevate the act of eating by connecting with God.
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.
Different versions and parallels from classical sources and manuscripts provide an interesting perspective on this controversial blessing.
Jewish liturgy encourages spiritual preparation prior to the main section of the morning service.
The Talmud treats the law as a given; its agenda is to see how the different understandings of that law relate to each other.