Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Morning Blessings-Blessing #8: Freedom

Every morning, a set of 15 blessings is recited to express our thanks to God for all the things that we, as healthy human beings, are capable of doing.

Ba’ruch Ah’tah Ah’doh’nai Eh’lo’hay’nu Melech ha’o’lam mateer asurim.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who sets captives free.

Have you ever stopped to Thank God for the little details such as getting out of bed in the morning? (This blessing is often understood as referring to the fact that when we are asleep we are, in a sense, captives who cannot move. We are freed when we wake up and can get out of bed.)

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

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