Eikev, the third sedra in Deuteronomy,together with the associated haftara from Isiah, 49-16, places emphasis on remembering and not forgetting, especially those matters involving one’s relationship with Hashem.

According to Rabbi Pinchas Peli, “the secret of keeping the relationship alive is a two way open channel of remembrance.” He asks, “How can humans, immersed in the affairs of the world, constantly remember the transcendental ? To achieve this purpose the rabbis devised the bracha – the blessing or benediction, which is perhaps the most ingenious of all religious inventions” They were in fact developing the instruction of Moses, Deuteronomy 8- 10-11… thou shall eat and be satisfied and bless the Lord thy God for the good land which He hath given thee….thou shalt remember the Lord thy God. Beware lest thou forget the Lord thy God……

“The early Rabbis, continues Peli, gave the idea sinews and strength. They instituted the pronouncement of a bracha, not only following the eating of food but preceding nearly every act through which we partake of life…….If we are alert enough and keep our senses open to the wonders of life , we shall find many occasions to ponder upon and for which to recite a bracha.”

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