I Got A Bracha (Blessing) On Shabbos

On Friday night, an Orthodox acquaintance walked over to me and asked, “Do you want a bracha?”

“I’m sorry?” I said.

“Do you want a bracha?”

“Umm, yes,” I said and bowed my head.

He said that he wished me to have good things in life, to find my way, to get married and to have children, and that I should use my writing to be a blessing.

“Thank you,” I said afterward.

“You’re supposed to say ‘amen’,” he said.

“Amen,” I said.

I’ve been given brachas before but was always embarrassed to receive them. I actually liked this one. And the next time I see this guy, I’m going to ask for another one.

There are many mystical parts of Judaism, such as Tanya, that are starting to speak to me.

I think I’m letting down my defenses against Orthodox Judaism.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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