The Blessing Formula

Did you ever wonder why Jewish blessings always have “Blessed are you, Adonai our God, King of the Universe…” in them?

The first of the amoriam (third century C.E.) established rules for the formulation of the benediction, ordaining that each one must include the mention of God’s name, while some added that it must also mention God’s kingdom (MALCHUT).  In this way, the form for the opening of the benediction that is familiar today came into being…” [Jewish Liturgy, A Comprehensive History, by Ismar Elbogen, page 6].

 

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