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

Email this article to a friend

Understanding the Mitzva of Saying 100 Blessings Each Day

G–d Fearing

“What (mah) does Hashem ask of you, but to fear Him?” (Devarim 10:12). The word for what (mah) can alternatively be read mei’ah (one hundred), an indication that the means of achieving fear of G–d is by reciting one hundred blessings each day (Menachos 43b). How does their recitation accomplish this goal?

Turning to Hashem for everything that we need makes us constantly aware of His Presence and eventually brings us to fear Him. Therefore, we find that Yaakov and Yosef constantly had the name of Hashem on their lips (see Rashi, Bereishis 27:21; 39:3).

In more recent times, great Torah personalities such as the authors of Yesod Veshoresh Ha’avoda and the Chazon Ish emphasized that a person should pray for everything he needs, no matter how great or small.

Reciting one hundred blessings a day is a means for developing such a relationship – before partaking of our needs, we first turn to Hashem. It is, however, only a beginning. Whenever one experiences the slightest problem, he should open his heart and turn to his Father in Heaven for assistance. Conversely, when a person feels a surge of joy or inspiration, he should turn this feeling into an opportunity to approach to Hashem in gratitude. In this way, even women and children who may not be able to say one hundred blessings each day can constantly bring Hashem into their lives.

Reciting one hundred blessings daily gives us one hundred opportunities to focus on all of the good things that Hashem gives us each day.


Text Copyright © 2008 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON NOACH:

View Complete List

Maybe
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

Certain Things Noach Did Not Have To Worry About
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5775

People In Stone Houses Shouldn
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

A Second Chance
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759

Priorities Define A Person
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

Positive Speech Builds a Brighter World
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

> Wine and Window Washers
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5770

If it Hurts, Scream!
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

Perceptions - Noach
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

ArtScroll

The Meaning of Noach
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770

To Share in the Pain of Others
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

The Best Policy
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5765

Looking for a Chavrusah?

What Goes Around Comes Around
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

Coming to Terms with the World to Come
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

Worlds Apart
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5764

Sins Committed In Private Ultimately Lead To a Violent Society
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5765



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