One who reads the Psalms regularly or one who prays daily recites the last
Tehillim, Chapter 150 hundreds of times in a year. David Hamelekh says "Kol
Haneshama Te-Hallel Yah" --i.e. "Every soul will praise the Lord". Our
sages make a play on words. Neshamah, soul, is similar to nesheema, breath.
One should praise G-d, they say, for every breath that one takes.
There is a practical application for this conceptual teaching. A deep
breath can do wonders to relieve tension. When one is tense or nervous one
should pause and take a few long, slow, deep breaths. A slow exhale as one
thinks "Patience--patience" and one can actually feel the tightness loosen
and the blood pressure descend. The phenomena works even for one who does
not live with trust in Hashem. However, one who realizes that every breath
of life is generously and lovingly provided by our Father in Heaven will
gain more and more one will realize that it doesn't pay to get sick over
the temporary trials and tribulations that make up our lives. Once you
consider this concept every breath will soothe the soul.
DID YOU KNOW THAT
One of the reasons the father of a child at a brit milah [circumcision]
says the beracha [blessing] after the milah is completed, rather than
before the misvah is done [with all other commandments-first we say the
blessing and then we do the misvah] is because the blessing not only
encompasses the performance of one of G-d's commandments but is said to
also thank G-d for the merit of being able to perform this happy
deed.[based on Abudarham}
Text Copyright © 2003 Rabbi Raymond Beyda and Project Genesis, Inc.