Ever noticed someone mumbling at their food before taking a bite?
Brachot, blessings before eating were instituted by the Rabbis to help us appreciate the food that we eat. When we make brachot we are supposed to articulate the words and speak to G-d, rather than mumble mindlessly. We pause for a moment before eating to express our thanks to the Creator of the universe as we realise that the food in front of us is a gift from the Almighty designed to nourish and sustain us.
In our fast paced world it is all to easy too take things for granted, we order our shopping from the comfort of our living room at it gets delivered to our fridge. Pop it in the microwave and we take a bite, no further effort required.
Brachot are tools to sensitise us to the value of food, and bring holiness to the act of eating, which of course keeps body and soul together.
- May 15th 2012