Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof said, “As the good book says, when a poor man eats a chicken, one of them is sick.” Mendel asks, “Where does the book say that?” Tevye replies, “Well, it doesn’t say that exactly, but somewhere there is something about a chicken.” While chicken is certainly tasty, the book doesn’t mention anything about it making us sick! 😕 But you know what it does say?
Everyday a person should say 100 berachot!
Here are a few reasons why:
- David Hamelech made 100 berachot a day to stop the plague that was killing a 100 people every day
- The Gematria of each letter of tzaddik– 90 amen’s a day, 4 shema’s a day, 10 amen yehiy shemei rabba‘s = 100 berachot
- The one hundred poles of the mishkan
- Pasuk in devarim– mah Hashem elokecha shoel meemach …gemara: don’t read mah (what) elah me’ah (100)
Now that Yom Kippur is over and we start anew, how about beginning with a simple resolution to start saying the blessings for each time we eat? What a great way to start the year! 😀
Here are two great websites that show you all the necessary blessings for bircas hamazon for both Ashkenazi and Sephardic customs. Take the guessing out of blessing, make the brocha and complete the mitzvah!