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Why are blessings in present tense: "Blessed are You...who *creates* the fruit of the tree"?

by Rabbi Yossi Marcus


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As Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi explained, the world has not been auto-pilot since its creation. G-d chooses to be so involved with creation that He creates it in such a way that it constantly needs Him to recreate it.

The world is similar in this sense to the existence of light, which must constantly be connected to its source or else it disappears. Similarly, G-d is constantly giving life to creation and all of its facets.

That’s one of the reasons we say that G-d creates the fruits of the tree—present tense—since He is constantly creating the world and all that is in it.


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