The Blessing That Didn’t Work

Nov 25th, 2011 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Portion of the Week, Prayer
The groom approaches the bride at the Badeken, and quotes Laban’s blessing to Rebecca, “Our sister, may you come to be thousands of thousands of myriads (Genesis 24:60).” Interestingly enough, the Ohr haChaim haKadosh teaches that Rebecca was barren (25:21) to prove that when she did have children, it was not as a result of Laban’s blessing, but Isaac’s prayer. Why did we make this blessing part of the wedding ceremony if it is a blessing that did not work?

It seems that it is not the blessing that matters, but who is reciting the blessing. This implies that all the blessings we recite in our prayers and throughout the day depend on who is the one reciting the blessing! We must reflect on whether we are someone worthy of reciting an effective blessing before we recite the words. Perhaps we can use our Tefillin mirrors all day, and take a peek before we recite a blessing. Each bracha will become an opportunity to do Teshuva. If only…

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