Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

The Way of G-d

Part 4: "Divine Service"
Ch. 4: "Shema Yisroel and Its Blessings"
Paragraph 11

The sages directed us to express certain convictions and to offer specific praises to G-d Almighty (known as "berachot", blessings) before and after we perform particular mitzvot. Ramchal says of them later on that those berachot are meant to underscore the significance of the mitzvah we're about to fulfill, and to thank G-d for giving us the chance to serve Him and perfect ourselves in the process (see 4:9:3 below).

But we recite different berachot before and after saying "Shema Yisroel", depending on whether we're saying it in the day- or nighttime, since each one serves its own purpose. In any event, we'll concentrate on the daytime berachot for "Shema Yisroel" now and go on to the nighttime ones in the next chapter.

The whole thing is rooted in the esoteric fact that G-d reactivates existence each and every day, new-sprung and original. In general He does that so as to preserve it and keep it going for as long as He wants. But there's a more detailed element to His doing it as well.

We're taught that each and every day of existence as we know it has its own orders from G-d, its own particular mission. For each day is there to allow for just the right amount of Divine illumination, influence and the like (no more, no less; neither too soon or too late), and in order to facilitate the ultimate perfection . Thus every single day is a fresh and original entity unto itself, a brand new marker in universal renewal.

And this in fact is the central theme of the berachot we recite before the morning "Shema Yisroel". As such, we reaffirm our belief in this each morning as the process begins for that particular day, and we thank G-d for it.

The first of the two berachot concentrates upon the angelic and higher cosmic spheres, on the stars and constellations, and on their daily and nightly functions all being renewed and reactivated. While the second concentrates upon the role of the Jewish Nation, on G-d's love for us, and on the function we serve in the grand scheme of things; and it thus serves as an expression of our thanks to G-d for renewing *that* each day. That's followed by the actual recitation of "Shema Yisroel", along with everything associated with it we'd cited.

All that culminates in the recitation of the third morning beracha which follows the "Shema Yisroel" itself. That one focuses upon all the great miracles G-d has wrought for us, most especially the exodus from Egypt, which epitomized the renewal of the Jewish Nation and played so significant a role in forging our a mission in this world.


Text Copyright © 2004 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org.


 


ARTICLES ON VAYIGASH AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

What Did Yosef Mean?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5758

Why The Shift In Attitude?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5774

How Extrordinary The Result
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5761

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Ultimate Pawn Shop
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5764

At Last, The Final Approach
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

Liar Liar
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770

ArtScroll

Is He Still my Father?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5760

Ruble Trouble
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760

Maintaining Strong Family Bonds
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

Looking for a Chavrusah?

A Torah Perspective
Shlomo Katz - 5766

Yaakov's Message To Us
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5765

Ge’ulah: The Roots of Exile
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5768

> Shedding Light on the Identity Crisis
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

Rough Beginning, Easy Ending
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

Yosef's Approach to God-Based Events
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

A Little Light Chases Away a Lot of Darkness
Rabbi Label Lam - 5760



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information