The Morning Blessings: Blessing Ten: You've Got it All
“Blessed are You, Hashem, our
The significance of the tenth blessing should not be underestimated. The blessing is not just an enormously compelling testament of our trust in
The blessing heralds the beginning of a process which teaches us that there is an unfathomable difference between our needs and our wants. Our blessing is not suggesting that there is anything remiss with desiring things that we presently do not have. Judaism does not advocate that there is something wrong with wanting things that
The tenth blessing is instilling within us the acceptance that we may not get everything that we want. And, it is also instilling the ability to recognize that whatever we may need at any one given moment in time has been given to us. Quite a thought-provoking notion!
In furtherance to this concept, there is a fascinating detail contained within the blessing, which helps define it. This is the only blessing in the entire series of the fifteen Morning Blessings that uses the word “li” — “me” in Hebrew — as a separate word. The blessings tend to speak in the third person plural, as they are mostly applicable to everyone. And, yet, here, our Sages chose to express themselves in the singular. What is fundamentally different between this blessing and the majority of the other blessings? With this word — “me” — our Sages are conveying a principle that is of paramount consequence. Only I can assert that I have everything that I need. No one else can make that declaration in my place. And, in exactly the same way, I cannot make that declaration for anyone else. The terminology used in the blessing is a lesson that the great nineteenth century ethicist, Rabbi Yisrael Salanter, would repeat to his students constantly: One should worry about one’s own spiritual needs and worry about the physical needs of others — not the other way around.
Now, after recognizing that