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Torah Study Blessings

Blessings Before and After Reading the Torah

The Study of Torah - is the paramount commandment. Without It, man cannot know G-d's Will; with It he can penetrate the wisdom of the Creator Himself.

One of G-d's mitzvot (commandments) to the Jewish People is to study Torah daily. The essence of Judaism is expressed through the study and keeping of Torah.

The Torah is the foundation of the world; we were created only to keep the Torah. It is therefore logical that we bless G-d before studying it. Blessings related to the observance of this mitzvah are therefore said before any Biblical passages are read. A person must be very careful to do this, since it shows that he considers the Torah precious, that he has as much benefit from such study as from any physical enjoyment.

 

Blessing before reading the Torah:

Baruch atah Hashem, Elokeinu Melech ha-olam
Blessed are You, Hashem, our G-d, King of the universe

Asher bachar banu mikol ha-amim venatan lanu et torato
Who selected us from all the peoples and gave us His Torah

Baruch atah Hashem noten ha-torah
Blessed are You, Hashem, Giver of the Torah.

 

Blessing after reading the Torah:

Baruch Atah Hashem, Elokeinu Melech ha-olam
Blessed are you, Hashem, our G-d, King of the universe

Asher natan lanu torat emet vechayei olam nata betochenu
Who gave us the Torah of truth and implanted eternal life within us

Baruch atah Hashem noten ha-torah
Blessed are You, Hashem, Giver of the Torah.

Let us read with our eyes and listen with our souls...and let our lives be transformed to what G-d intended them to be.

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