Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Birchot haTorah - The Blessings recited before Torah Study


Today we begin a new topic: Birchot haTorah, the blessings recited before studying Torah.

These blessings are supposed to be recited on a daily basis, generally in the morning, before one studies any Torah. One recitation suffices for the day. A text of the blessings may be found in a standard Artscroll Siddur on page 16.

The Talmud understands these blessings to be a biblical obligation, based on the verse, "When I declare the name of Gd, give praise to our Gd (Deuteronomy 32:3)." Moshe is about to teach the Jews a song of Torah, and he calls upon them to 'give praise to Gd,' reciting a blessing.

(Talmud, Berachot 21a)

Have a great day,

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