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

Email this article to a friend

No Beginning

We must keep in mind that when we pray, we are conversing with Hashem. The first thing we say should be an expression of both praise and humility before Him. Therefore, brachos generally start with the word “baruch,” which has the dual implication of both increasing Hashem’s honor and bending our knees before Him.

However, two of the brachos of Shema, Ahava Rabba and Emes V’Yatziv, do not start with the word “baruch.” Why is this so?

These blessings are considered “brachos samuchos,” blessings which are joined to other ones. Since they are preceded by brachos that start with “Baruch Atah Hashem,” it is considered as if they have a share in the baruch of these other blessings. Even though Emes V'Yatziv is separated from a baruch by the words of Shema which precede it, this is not considered an interruption since it is all following the same theme (Mishna Berura 54,1).


Text Copyright © 2009 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON DEVARIM AND THE THREE WEEKS:

View Complete List

Body Language
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

9th of Av: Reasons for Fasting - Part 1
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Learning to Love What Is!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

ArtScroll

Words, Words, and More Words
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5765

The Pathway to Consolation and Redemption
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

Elusive Allusions
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

> A Judgement Call
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Paradise Lost
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

Mourning on the 9th of Av: The Reasons
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Of Prophets and Teachers
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5761

Constantly Challenged
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Our Father, Our Light
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

The Bobover Rebbe Zt"l
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760

Falsehood's Foothold
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

Don't Just Scratch the Surface
Shlomo Katz - 5762



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