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Can I say a blessing for children even if I don't have any?


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Mrs. Shaffer: can I help you?:)

Musiclady: In my Shabbot prayer there is a line that say _may I raise blessed children and Grandchildren and I feel odd saying that since I do not have children and I am barren. What can I sustitute in its place to make the blessing flow?

Musiclady: shalom I need advice on my Shabbot blessng

Mrs. Shaffer: children are not just biologial physical children

Mrs. Shaffer: it says that one who teaches another Torah, that student is the 'child' of the teacher

Musiclady: Wow that is great

Mrs. Shaffer: and...when we are involved in the life of a child...that too constitues 'parenting'

Musiclady: Wow now I don't feel strange saying it

Musiclady: thank you so very much Shabbat Shalom to you

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(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.