Every morning, a set of 15 blessings is recited to express our thanks to God for all the things that we, as healthy human beings, are capable of doing.

Ba’ruch Ah’tah Ah’doh’nai Eh’lo’hay’nu Melech ha’o’lam ha’notayn la’ya’ef koach.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who gives strength to the weary.

Like many of the Morning blessings, this blessing can be read in different ways. Giving strength to the weary can most certainly allude to the challenge many people face getting up and getting the day going. Let’s face it, most of our lives are so busy that we are often operating on minimal sleep! However, the blessing can also be read to mean that God gives emotional strength to those facing challenges. Life may be hard, but God can and does give us the strength to face its challenges.

–Translation reproduced with permission from The Koren Sacks Siddur,
© Koren Publishers Jerusalem Ltd.

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