Torah.org 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 Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON SHOFTIM AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

Judge Me Tender, Judge Me Sweet
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5760

One Stop Shopping
Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5764

The Special Role of the Kohen Who Reminds Us of the Source of Success at War
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

ArtScroll

Knock, Knock!
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

Protection For The Way
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

Battle Cry of the Jew
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Law and Beyond
Shlomo Katz - 5765

Playing Fair
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5761

In A Theatre Near You
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

> Nevuah: Words of the Prophets
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

Looking to the Future
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

Just Say "No"
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Beware Of Your Own Motives
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

War and Leadership
Shlomo Katz - 5762

Happy New Yira
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

If the Shoe Fits Much Better…
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information