Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Unlimited Pleasure: Understanding the Blessings on Torah Study

Torah Readings

Every morning we recite blessings before learning Torah. When a man is called up to the Torah he repeats the blessing of "asher bachar banu" and afterwards says "asher nasan lanu". If he has already recited blessings on the Torah why does he need to say these two other ones?

Moshe Rabbeunu instituted a special mitzva to read publicly from the Torah every Shabbos. Ezra added on Monday, Thursday, and Shabbos afternoon to insure that no Jew should pass three days without Torah learning. Since the public Torah reading is a specially instituted decree, we recite independent blessings on it (Responsa of Rashba; Rosh Berachos 1,13).

Every person who reads from the Torah makes a blessing afterwards as well. In truth, we are instructed to learn Torah day and night, and it is really not possible to recite an after blessing on Torah learning. This blessing merely marks the conclusion of one's aliya to the Torah (Beis Yosef 47).

Text Copyright 2007 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and



View Complete List

Lessons in Devotion
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

How Yosef Got His Job
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5774

Yosef Recognizes His Brothers
- 5773

> Destiny vs. Human Action
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5758

The Strong and the Weak
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

Behind the Gray Blur
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5768

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

On the Way to Yisroel
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

Thanks for What?
Shlomo Katz - 5774

Keep the Change
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5757

Looking for a Chavrusah?

A Good Name Forfeited in a Moment
Shlomo Katz - 5758

8 - The Symbol of Eternity
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

That's Chanukah
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772


Don't Bother Asking For Its Name
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5772

Every Little Bit Counts
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5763

Let's End The Blame Game
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

A New Perspective
Shlomo Katz - 5768

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