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.