Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Second Blessing: Take Three

    “You are eternally mighty my Master, the Resuscitator of the dead are You, abundantly to save. He provides for the living with kindness, resuscitates the dead with great mercy, supports the fallen, heals the sick, frees the confined, and sustains His faith to those who sleep in the ground. Who is like You, Master of mightiness, and who can be compared to You, King who causes death and restores life and makes salvation blossom. And You are faithful to resuscitate the dead. Blessed are You Hashem, Who resuscitates the dead.”

In the first blessing, we express Hashem's greatness. Although He owns the entire universe, He does not hesitate to remember the actions of our forefathers, who sanctified His Name in the world. In order to reward their devotion, He showers their offspring with innumerable acts of kindness, and will eventually bring them the final redemption.

The second blessing describes Hashem's power. The ultimate example of this is His control over life, as seen through His sustenance of the entire world and resurrection of the dead. During the winter, we add a praise for the rains, which play a major role in sustaining life.

Finally, in the third blessing, we make reference to His awe. Hashem is completely separate from this world, yet His holiness permeates every aspect of creation. During the days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we recognize that His connection to this world is more apparent, by adding the word King to the conclusion of this blessing.


Text Copyright © 2009 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 

ARTICLES ON EIKEV:

View Complete List

Intergenerational Dialogue
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5761

The Beauty of Dependence
Shlomo Katz - 5766

The Summary of All Fear
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5762

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Spice Of Life
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770

A Personal Perception
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757

Of Bread and Milk
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

> Perpetual Care
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

Torah - What Is It Worth To You?
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5764

It's Our Home
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Superiority Complex
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

Tefillin: Tied Up
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5767

Building on Our Blessings
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5761

ArtScroll

On The Heel Of Success
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

Wear Your Shoes
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5757

The Spice Of Life
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

Thinking Inside The Box
Rabbi Berel Wein - 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