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Bless You!

Bless You!

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You are ushered into a small room where time has stood still for centuries. An oil lamp flickers on the table; holy tomes cover every inch of the walls. A tzaddik with piercing eyes and a gentle voice pronounces the magic formula.

That's the picture that comes to mind when we think about receiving a blessing. Blessings are other-worldly things, resorted to when some drastic intervention is needed in our lives.

The truth is much simpler and much more profound. Everyone needs blessing, each and every moment of his or her life. And everyone can bestow a blessing.

Chassidic teaching explains that the word berachah (blessing) literally means "drawing down." Everything in life -- health, prosperity, joy, wisdom, peace of mind -- needs to be drawn down from its potential, spiritual state into the actuality of our physical existence. It's all there -- spiritually we are all healthy, wealthy and wise. The "problems" we experience in life are basically a matter of something gone wrong in the wiring. We're not connecting; our spiritual and physical selves are having trouble communicating.

The solution? Bestow a blessing.

Here's how it works. Let's say that your friend Chaim is experiencing financial difficulties. So you put your arm around his shoulder and say: "Chaim! May G-d grant you the money that you need!" By saying these words sincerely, with warmth and love and joy, you've blessed him. You've roto-rooted that clogged supply line, opening up the flow. Just like that? Just like that.

We've all had the experience of hearing someone else give voice to an idea or describe a course of action, and suddenly realizing that we've been carrying this idea or action around in our own minds for the longest time. But until that person verbalized it, it was trapped inside our heads. Although we "had" it, we couldn't do it or even consciously think it. We didn't have the words for it, so it wasn't real to us yet.

A similar thing happens when you bless someone. The potential has been there all along, but saying it makes it real.

Your friend needs the blessing because he has reached a limit of what he can make real of his spiritual resources on his own. With your caring and compassion, with your love and joy, you bond with him to make an expanded self, thereby broadening the channels and unsnarling the lines of communication between his soul and his body, between his heaven and his earth.

Of course, being a holy person increases your blessing-giving powers. But the only thing you really need is a loving heart. And a nice big smile.

May you all be inscribed in the Book of Life for a year of goodness, health and prosperity.

By Yanki Tauber; based on the teachings of the Rebbe.
About the artist: Sarah Kranz has been illustrating magazines, webzines and books (including five children’s books) since graduating from the Istituto Europeo di Design, Milan, in 1996. Her clients have included The New York Times and Money Marketing Magazine of London.
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August 7, 2013
Bless you all!
Baruch HaShem, may HaShem Bless and keep you all in excellent health and happiness and all Good Things that would come from HaShem!

Thank you for all your articles of encouragement.
Anonymous
September 12, 2012
Blessings for the Holy Days
I am not Jewish and was looking up information about the upcoming Holy Days. Your article spoke to me! I have sent it to both of my doctors who are both my "blessings".
Anonymous
Oakland, CA
August 19, 2012
Blessings
May we be a blessing to others, this year and many more, and receive the rewards. Peace
Anonymous
Aurora, Co
September 3, 2009
I love you, Yanki
It's good to wish blessings toward everyone we care about, every day.
I only wonder, who the people are who keep thinking: "That is for the Minister/God to say, only"? Can you hear them?
Nice to hear unstuffy faithfulness and just plain heart.
sue
Kanata, ON
October 13, 2008
I need a blessing
I had surgery on my neck and i cant work i am in debt and my girlfriend is pregnant with my baby i need a financial blessing
Travis
clarkston, mi
September 12, 2008
Bless You!! Shalom!! L'chaim!!
Your comments and article are a blessing to me. I want to bless as many individuals as I can. At present of am in dire need of a financial blessing/miracle.

In the spirit of Job, "though He slay me, yet will I trust Him". Although Job wasnot being slain by G-d, the bottom line is that in spite of whatever, he would trust Hashem and move to pull down the blessings that are there and continue to work and trust and trust and work and not faint!!!
Yocheved
WPB, Florida
theshul.org
September 11, 2008
loved it ~ appropriate for a non believer
Do you think this would be appropriate for someone who doesnt believe in "g_d" or organized religion"?
sharyn
ohrhatorahnc.org
December 15, 2007
Blessings
Very good article. It reveals the secret of a blessed life for oneself, people around and people all over. Let us bless each other and receive the blessings in wholesale and not on retail.
Anonymous
Doha, Qatar
July 10, 2007
Bless you too !
your words are full of wisdom and I can only stop and say: Bless you too!
Thanks.
Desi
August 27, 2006
Elul Teaching
This is fabulous... Bless You!
Lore Moreland
Aventura, Fl
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