The Way of G-d
Part 4: "Divine Service"
Ch. 9: " Incidental Observances and Blessings"
Sometimes though not only mundane things need to be more salted and
peppered, inherently holy things need to be as well. For as Ramchal puts
it, "the more we do to motivate ourselves to draw close to G-d", be it
holy or mundane, "the more help we'll get from Him to do that".
That's why our sages enjoined us to recite a blessing before we perform
various mitzvot. The blessing reads, "Blessed are You, G-d our L-rd, King
of the universe, Who has sanctified us through His mitzvot, and commanded
us to (do thus and such). "
Saying that has the mitzvah we're about to perform stand out in our minds
and adds heft to it. After all, we cite G-d's name first thing in the
blessing and thus remind ourselves Whom we're serving through the mitzvah.
And we also concentrate on thanking G-d for singling us out as His
emissaries in this world, and for enabling us to better our spiritual
Text Copyright © 2005 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org.