Dreaming of Moshiach

Monday, August 14, 2006

Blessing for Ham?!

This Shabbat, we merited to hear Rav Shapiro Shlita's (from Crown Height) shiur after the Torah reading in the Swan Lake shul.

He said that he has a program for Jewish children who are not exposed to Judaism once a week for an hour. 15 minutes of Halacha, 15 minutes of Torah, 15 minutes of Hashkafa and the last 15 minutes, stories of Tzaddikim.

There is always one special story that stands out. [+/-] show/hide text
A 14 year old boy lives with his mom and attends an hour a week learning Judaism. One day, his mom cooked ham for dinner and served her son. Her son explained that it's not KOSHER and cannot eat it. The mom got angry and said that he can no longer attend Judaism classes and no Rabbi will tell her what to cook for dinner. The son agreed to eat the ham but had one request; to call the Rabbi and ask him which bracha (blessing) does one say over ham?

To those that keep kosher, this sounds like a joke, but it's not. The mother's Jewish neshama was deeply effected by this and has since koshered her kitchen and has returned to Judaism.

To learn about Blessing God for food, http://www.chabad.org/library/howto/wizard.asp?AID=278538



והיה השם למלך על כל הארץ, ביום ההוא יהיה השם אחד - ושמו אחד ישתבח שמו לעד לנצח נצחים בכל העולמות Blessed is His name for eternity in all worlds אין עוד מלבדו