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Unformatted text preview: prayer which we recite three times each day, we say “All the worlds inhabitants will recognize and
know that to You, every knee should bend and every tongue shall swear (allegiance)”. In the light
of this, let us examine a “Bracha
All Brachot, start in the same way. “Baruch Ata Ado-nai Elo-hainu melech ha-olam”
and continues in various ways to fit the situation such as in the Bracha for eating bread Ha-motzi
lechem min ha-aretz.. The usual translation being “Blessed art Thou O Lord, our God, King of the
Universe who brings forth bread from the ground”
The problem here is that we are using the word “blessing” in addressing God, in addition to
which, the construction of the sentence in its change from the second person to the third person
presents a problem.
When we kneel or ‘bend the knee’ we are acknowledging that we submit ourselves to the
higher authority of the one to whom we are ‘bending the knee’. A subject will kneel or ‘bend the
knee’ to his king. If we take the root of the word Bracha as ‘knee’ and we give it the meaning of ‘we
bend the knee’ i.e. “I am acknowledging”, the wording, construction and even meaning, of the Bracha,
becomes much clearer.
When making Kiddush we make...
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This document was uploaded on 03/24/2014.
- Spring '14
- The Bible