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Topic: Baruch, Meaning

Daniel Haruni of Toronto & Herzelia wrote:

Dear Rabbi,

What is the meaning of "baruch" in the prayers? If it is to bless, then what does it mean when we mere mortals say "Baruch ata Hashem? - Blessed are You Hashem." How can we bestow blessings on Him who is the source of all blessings?


Dear Daniel Haruni,

The Rashba, Rabbi Solomon ben Abraham Aderet (Barcelona, Spain, 1235-1310), was asked this question. He explained that "baruch" means "He is the Source of all blessing."

Sources:

  • Responsa of the Rashba 5:51


 
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