In Deuteronomy 10:12, Moses tells the Jewish people: "What (mah) does God ask of you?" The Talmud (Menachot 43b) explains that the word mah can be read as me'ah, meaning 100. In other words, God obligates us to recite (at least) 100 brachot (blessings) every day.
It’s funny to be obligated to make blessings - surely we would make blessings when we feel blessed?
The reality is that making blessings over foods and experiences reminds us that we are indeed very blessed.
Thinking about where our food comes from and all the other wonders of the world can help us to connect to G-d and remember just how ‘blessed’ we are by His immeasurable benevolence.
When I set out on creating the Brachot serieson on Ji Tap, my goal was to help students and children engage with the text of each blessing to gain a greater understanding of what they mean. When we understand the words, the brachot we say every day fulfill the intention of the obligation, to see blessing and to feel blessed.
Sir Moses Montefiore had his own coat of arms, and on it reads 'Think and Thank'. Blessings are there for us to think and to thank. The more we think about what we have and where it comes from, the more appreciation we will have and the happier we will be. The interactions in these Ji Tap games make this Brachot series a real gem and a truly fun way to learn about brachot.
Try out our Brachot series on Ji Tap and learn not just about the Brachot we say but about how grateful we have to be for everything that we have!