Asher Yatzar

Take 20 seconds to say thanks to Hashem.

What is Asher Yatzar?

Asher Yatzar is a short blessing of thanks to G-d for the proper functioning of one’s body. The occasion on which one says this beracha, is every time one exits the bathroom – but the beracha encompasses a general praise of Hashem for the fact that the millions of processes of the human body take place exactly as we want them to do. There are many of us who, for one or other medical reason, are unable to perform the “normal” functions of the body, or who are suffering from various illnesses. It has been been found, in many instances, that upon accepting upon oneself the obligation of reciting this beracha regularly, many such people have experienced an improvement in their condition.

A very moving account of an illness which had a “happy ending”, is told by Dr. Kenneth Prager, a physician at Columbia Prebytarian Medical Center in New York. His article was published in the medical journal of that institution, and appears on various sites on the web.

Click here to read the article by Dr. Kenneth Prager.

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Don’t take life for granted!
Give thanks to God
(Ezra 10,11)

Our sages teach us that all berachot (blessings) have the ability to protect us from serious illness, and ensure our continued good health. This is especially true for the beracha of Asher Yatzar, which was written to praise God for His marvelous creation, the human body. (Sefer Seder Hayom)

We are taught –

  • It is preferable to read berachot rather than saying them by heart.
  • Berachot should not be said as a matter of habit, flippantly, or without proper concentration.
  • A beracha should be made by directing one’s feelings towards God, thanking Him for the goodness bestowed. (Sefer Hachassidim)
  • A beracha should be said with the proper devotion and in a deliberate manner. (Mishna Berura)
  • The Shulchan Aruch states that it is forbidden to do any manner of work while reciting a beracha.

Therefore, it is advisable to be stationary when reciting Asher Yatzar, and not engage in any other activity such as drying the hands, walking, or getting dressed, hinting with the hands or eyes. Such activities distract a person’s mind from having kavanah (devotion).

If we would only stop for a moment to seriously think about the wondrous and miraculous nature of the human body, we would clearly see the work of God. As the verse says, “…through my body I see the Creator…” (Job 19, 26)

Remember, by saying Asher Yatzar, you thank God for your health and well-being. So do it properly.

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