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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “God’s speech is beyond me.”

One aspect of blessing is its concreteness.

We express gratitude for the pleasure derived from a specific object or circumstance.

I eat His bread, drink His water, enjoy all that comes into my area of experience.

And the blessing creates a certain togetherness, a personal bond with the Divine Source.

In a way, it is very intimate, more meaningful than words, because one understands the slice of bread in a way that one does not understand passages of Torah.

God’s speech is beyond me, but His address to me in this slice of bread is something I can grasp.

We can see therefore that the blessing is built around a specific object and involves enjoyment of the senses in order to establish genuine contact.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz