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Unformatted text preview: the fruit of the vine” These ‘Blessings’ of God, and our praises of Him in our prayers, are not for His sake, but for
ours. The basic premise is the acknowledgement of God’s continuing creation and the joy we feel
when we obey His commandments. The Rabbis say that if we eat food without first making a
‘blessing’ to God for the provision of His bounty, it is as if we were stealing it. It is true that it is by
our hard work that we finally acquire it and eat it, but the miracle is, that He has made the world so
that things grow from a tiny seed to a sheaf of wheat or a massive oak, and has given us the
knowledge and ability to use these gifts
When we make a blessing over food or drink, in no way is the food or drink changed. The
food has not been “blessed” it is us who are acknowledging the supremacy of God in His order of the
world, and indeed the whole Universe, through whose daily miracles food and drink is available to us.
In the Bracha relating to the Festival we refer to the 'Chosen-ness' of the Jewish people as
well as the Matzah Festival and our liberation and Exodus from Egypt. The concept of ‘chosen-n...
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