This Week's Thought From The Koby Mandell Foundation
- Sherri Mandell
Every day the first thing a Jewish person is supposed to say is thank you. The first prayer of the day, Modei Ani, can be translated " I Thank You."
Thank you, G-d for returning my soul, thank you for the miracle of life. Thank you for the kindness of being alive.
We say that blessing even before we rise from bed, it is so important.
Tractate Brachot tells us that if a person eats without saying a blessing, without thanking and recognizing G-d, it is as if he has misappropriated a holy offering designated for the temple.
When Shai Agnon won the Nobel Prize for literature he began his speech by saying that the sages of blessed memory decreed that we must not enjoy any pleasure in this world without making a blessing. He told the academy that when he was told that he had won the prize he immediately made the blessing HaTov V'ha Meitiv: blessed is G-d who is good and does good.
The Hebrew word Yehudi, to be Jewish, means to thank. It is the essence of our people.