Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Understanding the Morning Blessings

It's Good To Be a Jew

A number of years ago a non-Jew came to Yerushalayim having come to the conclusion, following a long spiritual search, that he wanted to convert to Judaism. He underwent the normal process of rigorous study and testing in the hope that he would be accepted. One day, the Beis Din (court of Jewish law) contacted him with a positive answer, and he immediately underwent all the procedures necessary to convert.

The following day his neighbors woke up to a very peculiar sight. That very same convert was seen dancing through the streets of Yerushalayim singing “shelo asani goy, shelo asani goy (thanking Hashem for not creating him as a member of the other nations of the world)!”

When members of the Beis Din found out about this, they thought that perhaps he was mentally unstable and they wanted to reconsider the validity of the conversion. However, Rav David Baharan, an elderly Torah scholar on the Beis Din of Yerushalayim stopped them.

"No, no," he said. "This man is not disturbed, and there should be no question of revoking the conversion. That is really the way we should all recite the blessing of shelo asani goy!"

In practice, since a convert was born a non-Jew, he cannot say "I was not made a goy,” and he therefore does not recite the blessing “shelo asani goy." According to some opinions, he can express his thanks to Hashem and say "who made me a convert" (Rema 46,4). Let us investigate the halachos of this blessing and the other morning blessings, in order that we may understand their deeper meaning.

Text Copyright © 2008 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and



View Complete List

To Rule is Divine
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5775

It's Never Too Late
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5766

Property and Pursuit of Happiness
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5771


From Dust To G-dliness
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5764

Division is not Good
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5759

Addressing the Jews
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5763

> Torah Vs. TV
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

Deja Vu All Over Again . . . Then Shabbat
Shlomo Katz - 5775

The Time of Our Happiness
Rabbi Chaim Flom - 5768

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Nature of Human Behavior
- 5773

A Superior Primary Education
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

The Delayed "Ki Tov"
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5762

Looking for a Chavrusah?

A Springtime of the Spirit
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

Between Light and Darkness
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5758

Strong Belief
Shlomo Katz - 5759

Huts or Houses
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

Project Genesis Home

Torah Portion

Jewish Law



Learn the Basics




Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base


About Us

Contact Us

Free Book on Geulah! Home Copyright Information