Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Unlimited Pleasure: Understanding the Blessings on Torah Study

Double Blessing

The first blessing on the Torah is, "Who commanded us on words of Torah" (Shulchan Aruch 47,5). Why don't we mention studying Torah learning in the blessing? By saying a more general wording we also thank Hashem for the opportunity to perform His mitzvos (Abudraham).

The custom amongst Ashkenazim is to say "to involve ourselves in the words of Torah". According to this understanding since we make a separate blessing before doing each mitzva, there is no need to mention performing mitzvos in the blessing for Torah learning (Beis Yosef). We focus specifically on the mitzva to learn Torah, and to completely involve ourselves in it.

After the first blessing we say another blessing, "v'haerev nah" ("please make the Torah sweet"), asking Hashem to insure that our Torah learning is enjoyable. Most halachic authorities say that the blessing begins with word "and" for it is a continuation of the first one. Since it is a single blessing, someone who hears the first one should not answer amen until after the completion of them both (Mishna Berura 47,12).


Text Copyright © 2007 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON TOLDOS:

View Complete List

Coming in First Place
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5766

No Regrets
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

How About Them Apples?
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

ArtScroll

Keen Sense of Smell
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

Food For Thought
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

How Can The Oath of the Heretic Eisav Be Believed?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5767

> Energy or Exhaustion - Eisav Shows His True Colours
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5765

The Jewish Hall of Fame
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

The World-to-Come
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5772

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Raising Perfect Children?
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5775

Yitzchak Prayed...For She Was Barren: Baal HaTurim Notes Inverted Structure
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

Game Theory - Respectful Rebuke
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Running Out Of Womb
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

Again and Again Rather Than…
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

Running Out Of Womb
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5775

In the Face of Adversity
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757



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