Atkins, Passover Haggadah

In the alenu prayer which we recite three times each

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Unformatted text preview: ay” or “recite” a blessing. As in any language, Hebrew has words that are spelled the same, pronounced the same, and yet may have different meanings, for example the word ‘tip’ in English has at least three different meanings. The Hebrew word Bracha is a case in point. It is usually translated as ‘blessing’ and indeed when it is used by God as in Genesis Ch. 12 V. 2-3 when God speaks to Abraham, He says “I will make of you a great nation and I will bless you and make your name great ……..and I will bless them that bless you …..” In its simplest, it means that He will cause good things to happen to whoever is blessed. What is good however, may not be immediately recognizable to the one being blessed.. However, can we say the same about ‘blessing’ God? How can we ‘bless’ God? God is so much above us, in what way can we ‘cause good things to happen to’ Him. The Hebrew word 'Bracha’ is from the same root as ‘berech’ ‘knee’, and the word knee brings to mind ‘bending the knee’ or ‘kneel’. In the Alenu...
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