A Quote about Blessing from Jewish Ritual: A Brief Introduction for Christians by Kerry Olitzky

A Blessing for Everything

"There is a well-known scene in the musical Fiddler on the Roof when Tevye and the other men in the village are discussing the czar of Russia. Someone suggest that a blessing be said on behalf of the czar. Another asks inquisitively 'Is there a blessing for the czar?' The town's rabbi responds,' In Judaism there is a blessing for everything.' He continues, 'May the Lord bless and keep the czar . . . far away from us.' " Although no such blessing actually exists, the rabbi in the musical is correct: there is a blessing for almost everything in Judaism. There is a blessing for getting up in the morning, for going to sleep, for eating, for seeing wondrous things, for experiencing new things, for the occurrence of good things, for the unfortunate occurrence of bad things, for hearing the news of someone's death, for seeing someone you have not seen in a long time, for going to the bathroom, for studying Torah, for going on a journey, for fulfilling almost any religious commandment, and for just about everything else in life."

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