Message for the Week from Rabbi Stein

God's Got Your Back

Rabbi Jay M. Stein

Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

Number 19

God's Got Your Back

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', מָגֵן אַבְרָהָם

Baruch ata Adonai Magen Avraham

Praised are You Shield of Abraham

This is the original version of this bracha.  Today we include Sarah as well.  Imagine feeling your most vulnerable.  Now, imagine that there is someone who always has your back making sure no one can hurt you. We build fortresses physically and emotionally in our lives in order to gain a greater sense of security.  This bracha reminds us that God is our protector and that God has our backs.

Rabbi Jay M. Stein

Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

Number 18

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱלהֵינוּ וֵאלהֵי אֲבותֵינוּ

Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu V’elohei Avoteinu

Praised are You, Adonai God of our Ancestors

My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad was a reality sports TV show on NBC that premiered on February 18, 2008. Four teams of children and their fathers competed in each episode, with the winning team having the chance to win up to $50,000.

Pride in our accomplishments is important, knowing from where we received our abilities is to be truly grateful. Knowing where we came from will give us belief in ourselves that has the ability to raise us up beyond our own expectations.


Help is on the Way

Rabbi Jay M. Stein

Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

Number 17

Help Is On The Way

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', גָּאַל יִשרָאֵל

Baruch ata Adonai Ga’al Yisrael

Praised are You, Adonai Redeemer of Israel.

“Help is on the way.”  Those are words that bring us comfort even if they don’t tell us when.  Just knowing there is a better future makes the present more tolerable. Words of encouragement are easy to extend, and the benefit is often immeasurable.  Say this bracha and know help is on the way.