Aug 16, 2020

Raize Guttman 08-09-20 (19 Av 5780)

Parsha Toldot - Chapter 25 - Verse 31 - 34
"Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, cont - making blessings"

We come to the end of the story of Esav selling his birthright to Yaakov for a bowl of lentil soup. He wanted comfort and pleasure and he had to rationalize in his mind why giving his birthright was okay.

The last verse of this story says that he ate, drank and got up, and Esav scorned the birthright. And now we see the working of the Evil Inclination. Now he needs to justify what he did, so he justifies it by putting down that thing that he just gave up. He scorns it, he mocks it, as that is the only way he can live with himself.

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch:
1. A person should try to say 100 brachos a day. It saves him from 100 curses.
2. When you hear a bracha, you answer AMEN. Which mean means "I believe this to be true". Don't say AMEN too quickly or too late. Say each letter clearly. Don't say AMEN louder than the one who made the blessing. and don't say AMEN to your own blessing.
3. The blessing we say on all food except fruits and vegetables, pastries,(cake, cookies, crackers), wine and bread is the blessing of SHEHAKOL. This is how we say the blessing. It is highly commendable to say the holy Hebrew words and they are: Baruch Atah ADONOY, Eloheinu Melech HaOlam, Shehakol Nehiye Bidvaro!
Translation: Hashem, You are the Source of All Blessing, Our G-d King of the World, That made everything come to be, with His word!

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