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||"Blessed are You,
Hashem, our G-d, King of the universe, Who formed man with wisdom
and created within him many openings and many hollows (cavities).
It is obvious and known before Your Throne of Glory that if but
one of them were to be ruptured or if one of them were to be blocked
it would be impossible to survive and to stand before You (even
for a short period of time). Blessed are You, Hashem, Who heals
all flesh and acts wonderously."
The awesome bracha
of Asher Yatzar, (literally "who formed"), which refers
to the complexity of the human body, thanks Hashem for creating
our body and for the continuous daily miracle of its proper functioning.
It is recited every morning as part of the Birchat HaShachar, (Morning
Blessings) and again, every time after using the bathroom.
Yes, every time after
using the bathroom, we wash our hands, (Once is enough, while some wash three times. There is no need to use a vessel, though some have the custom to use a vessel), and thank Hashem
for maintaining our health and well being by reciting the bracha -
Asher Yatzar. (One should wait until they have left
the bathroom before reciting this bracha, as it is inappropriate
to pray in the bathroom).
We shouldn't wait
until we get sick to appreciate our health.
is mentioned in the Talmud (Berachot 60b)
as one of the brachot compiled by the Anshei Knesset HaGedolah
(Men [Sages] of the Great Assembly) (circa 410-310 BCE).
The Chafetz Chaim
and other Great Sages write that the reciting of Asher Yatzar with
the proper Kavanah (sincerity, devotion, intent) and from the written
text, has the power to help one have a healthy body all of their life.
There are many people who were saved from a severe illness by saying this
Bracha from the written text with the proper kavanah. This
is an easy way to keep down all those doctor fees!!
A sad and worried
Jew once came to visit the Chazon Ish (Rav Yeshaya Karelitz)
in Bnei Brak. When the man entered, the Chazon Ish was saying
the Asher Yatzar Bracha. He pronounced each word slowly and clearly.
The man couldn't
contain himself any longer and blurted out, "My child has polio and
the doctors say there's no hope."
The Chazon Ish
emphasized the last words of the bracha, "Who heals all flesh
and acts wonderously."
The Chazon Ish
then turned to the man and said, "So, you hear that Hashem
This is all the Chazon
Ish said to the man.
The child had a completely
M. Prager, M.D., states; "(While).. in medical school .. I first
began to understand the appropriateness of this short prayer.... After
seeing patients whose lives revolved around their dialysis machines, and
while caring for patients with colostomies and urinary catheters, I realized
how wise the Rabbis had been [to institute this prayer]."
of Asher Yatzar is now available in a beautiful
color poster format, suitable for posting in the home or in public
places, and in a pocket-sized edition, all especially designed to increase
kavana when reciting the bracha. The posters are available
in several sizes and nuschaot and translated into numerous languages.
For hard copies of
these wonderful materials, call Foundations at 800-700-9577 or 845-352-0111. Please DO NOT CALL Torahtots, we DO NOT distribute these posters.
Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 6:1
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