The Morning Blessings: Blessing Five: What Big Eyes You Have All The Better To See You With!
“Blessed are You, Hashem, our
The fifth blessing thanks
But there is a much deeper element as well. As was mentioned in the introduction, each blessing serves as a step upwards to the next blessing and it is designed to help elevate us toward the next spiritual level. The previous blessing revolved around the recognition that there are commandments to keep, but now we have reached the point where we are able to open our eyes and see those commandments. Therefore, we thank
In chapter 21 of Genesis the Torah describes the plight of Hagar and her son Yishmael. They were banished from Avraham’s encampment, and, having lost their way, they ended up wandering aimlessly through the desert. Yishmael was sick with fever and needed abundant amounts of water to drink. Very soon their water supply dwindled and finally disappeared. It reached the point that Hagar despaired for Yishmael’s life. Unable to watch her son’s pitiful state any longer, she left him under a tree and moved away so that she wouldn’t have to see him die of thirst. And then she did what she had seen and been taught to do in Avraham’s home. She turned to the only One who could help her, and she beseeched
At this moment in our journey through the Morning Blessings we are ready to “open our eyes.” To open our eyes to the dazzling array of commandments that await us every day to fulfill them. And that is why, at this significant juncture, our Sages saw fit to compose a blessing that reflects our eagerness to do just that.
In a perhaps even more profound approach, Rabbi David Kimchi, one of the classic commentaries on Tanach, writes that the spiritual darkness that accompanies each and every exile is comparable to blindness. Exile prevents us from seeing