Message for the Week from Rabbi Stein

Raising the Bent

Rabbi Jay M. Stein on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעולָם. זוקֵף כְּפוּפִים:

Barach at Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha’olam Zokef Kifufim

Praised are You, Sovereign of the universe Who raises the bent.

“Oh, my aching back.” It seems the older I get the more often I say these words.  Maybe we, as humans, were never meant to walk completely upright. Maybe we should be bent over. All I know is the older I get the more my back (and other parts) hurt. 

There is one benefit. I seem to be finding more coins than ever before because that is the way I’m facing.  Maybe the reason we start to bend over as we get older is to make sure we don’t trip over anything.  The Buddha comments that if you want to make sure you don’t trip always walk with your head down.  He was suggesting that we ought to live humbly so that our egos don’t cause us harm.

Regardless, once we have fallen, it is really difficult to get up.  It is therefore, best to avoid falling in the first place. This bracha reminds us to look out for those who are bent, physically or figuratively, as they may need a little help.