#BlogElul via the Movies 9 – May the Force, May the Odds

Jews love blessings. It is part of our core. Many of our blessings are done with special objects such as candles or bread in front of us, but we don’t actually bless the object. We thank God for the opportunity, for the sacred moment or opportunity. Jewish blessings typically begin with Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech HaOlam – Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe. But they don’t have to. For example, The Priestly Benediction or Yivarech’cha from Numbers 6: 24-26 is a quintessential Jewish blessing. Jacob shares blessings with his sons before he dies and Moses with the Jewish people as a farewell.

Blessings are usually short. A classic blessing is “Ad Meah v’Esreim Shanah” – May you live until 120 years. 120 years is how is Moses lived. When I shared that recently with an advanced senior, she wasn’t interested, so I offered her the alternative version that differs by one letter in the Hebrew: “Ad Meah c’Esreim Shanah May you live until 100 and may it be like you were 20 years old. She liked that more.

In our daily lives, we fill our conversation many short and simple blessings without even thinking about it. Here are a few…

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