Blessing Authors Creation

בָּרוּךְ שְׁמוֹ. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יהוה אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם הָאֵל אָב הָרַחֲמָן הַמְהֻלָּל בְּפֶה עַמּוֹ מְשֻׁבָּח וּמְפֹאָר בִּלְשׁוֹן חֲסִידָיו וַעֲבָדָיו וּבְשִׁירֵי דָוִד עַבְדֶּךָ

…Blessing authored creation. A blessing: You Are G!d. Our G!d. My G!d. Universal Monarch. The G!d. Source of mercy, your people speak praise, your pious servants use glorious language and the songs of Your Servant David. (Morning Meditations)

The Hebrew pi’yut (hymn) barukh sh’amar begins with a series of phrases which poetically use barukh “bless” to establish precisely how each day is created. The py’tan (liturgical poet) ends these assertions with the phrase barukh shmo, literally “His Name: Blessing”. The poetic theme relates directly to the opening words of Torah bréshit bara elo’him “it began when G!d Created”, thus “Blessing authored creation”, and the Siddur immediately continues with the formal blessing which begins each day. In doing so, however, the Siddur leads us to understand that human language continues the work of creation. The Hebrew

וּמְפֹאָר בִּלְשׁוֹן חֲסִידָיו וַעֲבָדָיו

um’fo’ar bil’shon hasid’ahv v’ahv’adahv

can be understood to mean “glory from upon my tongue, piety is kindness (hesed) and service”. King David’s songs in Tehilim (Psalms) begin mizmor shir , and each of the six songs deal with kindness as a  specific devotion and service. Blessing creates loving interpersonal relationships based on devotion and service. Creation continues on account of this, not in spite of it.

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