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    A blessing on your bread, Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov! – Mishpatim

    breadThe Yiddish saying is, “A blessing on your head, Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov!

    You find this saying in “Fiddler on the Roof” as well as in Jewish folk tradition. But after reading this week’s portion, “bread” should be substituted for “head”.

    There is a verse that says, “You shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread” (Ex. 23:25). Serving God is understood as prayer (“What is the service of the heart? Prayer!”). If you serve God He will reciprocate by blessing you and the bread you eat.

    What happens if you are a poor person and can’t really afford bread? The verse doesn’t say which bread or how much bread: it simply says “your bread”.

    Whatever a person gets to eat it is a blessing from God.

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