Bracha le-Vatala (Unnecessary Blessings)
Bracha le-Vatala (Unnecessary Blessings): Bracha le-Vatala (Unnecessary Blessings)
First, we will study the basic sources that explain the prohibition of reciting Gd’s name in an unnecessary blessing (ברכה לבטלה).
Then, we will apply those sources to understand the status of silent blessings that are recited in your mind but not actually said out loud.
Further, we will use those sources to understand the status of blessings in other languages and blessings that do not conform to the standard texts (e.g., “May the Lord grant you long life and health”).
Sources are available through the links in both WORD format and pdf. In class we will translate and explain these sources.
In addition to being one of Rabbi Brovender's first students, Rabbi Dovid Fink is an outstanding expertﾠand teacher of Halacha. Rabbi Fink received his Rabbinic ordination from ITRI and the Mir and was awarded his Ph.D in Semitic Languages and Linguistics from Yale University. Rav Fink has taught thousands of students from all over the world for over 35 years.