Tefillah Tips: Baruch Sheamar IX

January 9, 2014

As we conclude our study of Baruch Sheamar, let’s analyze the closing phraseology of the Tefillah. “יחיד חי העולמים… מלך מהולל בתשבחות- G-d who is One, Life Giver of all worlds… the King that is lauded with praises.”

The implication of G-d being One is that everything in the universe and beyond is part of G-d’s handiwork. There is nothing anywhere in the galaxies that resides outside of G-d’s dominion. While we may struggle with managing our own lives, the lives of our families, our professional tasks and personal strivings, Hashem is the CEO of every spec of this world and the next; astonishing when we think about it.

The blessing concludes, “Blessed are You… the King that is lauded with praises”. The Siach Yitzchak remarks on this phrase that praising Hashem is very different than praising any other being in the world. When we praise people we are aware that there are deficiencies present in the person. Nevertheless, even after taking into account all of his/her failings, praise is still in order. G-d on the other hand is perfect and unblemished in every aspect imaginable. So when we praise Hashem, it is 100% true and unadulterated praise.

It is with these thoughts in mind that we begin our morning praises which prepare us to accept the kingdom of G-d of heaven upon us: Shema, offer requests, and thanksgiving in the masterful Amidah- Silent prayer of 19 benedictions.

This marks the conclusion of our analysis and studies of Baruch Sheamar; and the end of our first semester. Please G-d next month we will begin another Tefilla.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Epstein, Congregation Sons of Israel Cherry Hill NJ

Orthodox Union Department of Community Engagement

Rabbi Judah Isaacs, Director

Hannah Farkas, Program Manager

Adina Schwarzbaum, Administrative Assistant