Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Morning Blessings-Blessing #1: Night and Day

Every morning, a set of 15 blessings are recited to express our thanks to God for all the things that we, as healthy and capable human beings, are capable of doing. The blessings start with thanking God for giving us an understanding of time, the ability to know day from night.

Ba’ruch Ah’tah Ah’doh’nai Eh’lo’hay’nu Melech ha’o’lam asher natan la’sechvee veenah l’hav’cheen bain yom u’vain lailah.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who gives the heart (literally, the rooster) understanding to distinguish day from night.

--Translation reproduced with permission from The Koren Sacks Siddur, © Koren Publishers Jerusalem Ltd.

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