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

Email this article to a friend

Understanding the Morning Blessings

It's Good To Be a Jew

A number of years ago a non-Jew came to Yerushalayim having come to the conclusion, following a long spiritual search, that he wanted to convert to Judaism. He underwent the normal process of rigorous study and testing in the hope that he would be accepted. One day, the Beis Din (court of Jewish law) contacted him with a positive answer, and he immediately underwent all the procedures necessary to convert.

The following day his neighbors woke up to a very peculiar sight. That very same convert was seen dancing through the streets of Yerushalayim singing “shelo asani goy, shelo asani goy (thanking Hashem for not creating him as a member of the other nations of the world)!”

When members of the Beis Din found out about this, they thought that perhaps he was mentally unstable and they wanted to reconsider the validity of the conversion. However, Rav David Baharan, an elderly Torah scholar on the Beis Din of Yerushalayim stopped them.

"No, no," he said. "This man is not disturbed, and there should be no question of revoking the conversion. That is really the way we should all recite the blessing of shelo asani goy!"

In practice, since a convert was born a non-Jew, he cannot say "I was not made a goy,” and he therefore does not recite the blessing “shelo asani goy." According to some opinions, he can express his thanks to Hashem and say "who made me a convert" (Rema 46,4). Let us investigate the halachos of this blessing and the other morning blessings, in order that we may understand their deeper meaning.


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


 






ARTICLES ON VAYEITZEI AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

A Spiritual Holiday
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Why Eight Days?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

“Trading Places on the Ladder of Life”
Jon Erlbaum - 0

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Taking A Stand - Making A Difference
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

Days of Eight
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

Festival of The Reflecting Lights
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Brothers in Scorn
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5762

O Chanukah, O Chanukah . . .
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

A Little Background Information
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

ArtScroll

Those Small Jars
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

Every Little Bit Counts
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5763

Bonding Time
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5760

> Just Doing My Job!
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759

“So you Think You’re The Man, Alexander?” (Insights for Chanukah)
Jon Erlbaum - 0

Twin Peaks
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5768

The Hasmoneans Take a Stand: A History of Chanukah, Part II
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5774



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