You know him too?!
“As I wiped my hands on the kitchen towel and recited the Bracha (blessing), I caught a glimpse of my nephew standing nearby.
He was staring up at me in shock. He looked stunned.
When I was done he asked (as if talking about one of his buddies), “You know Hashem?!”
I laughed when my friend told me this story. Then I started thinking.
This kid is onto something. It’s what Rabbi Friedman was talking about all along.
To David, saying a Bracha, a blessing over food, is talking to Hashem; His G-d. The G-d he know and talks to, to thank for his food, or when he needs a favor, or just to get a second opinion.
When he talks Hashem hears him. Hashem is his. Hashem is personal. “You mean, you know Hashem too? Wow. Cool.” It’s still personal. It’s my Hashem and you know him too.
Having that kind of relationship with G-d is really where it all begins.
How can one say “Elokai, Hamelech” “My G-d, the king” and not get chills?
My G-d, He is a pretty important dude. I mean, He only runs the whole world and like – four other worlds on the side.
And that king, the king of the whole world, He’s mine. I have an in with Him. When I come over and tell Him about my day, that’s it – It’s Him and me. The king of the entire universe and everything in it in an intimate conversation with one of his favorite people in the world, me.
That’s why I love doing the things He loves. Because He is mine.
How can I not stop the whole world in this moment and light that Shabbos Candle for Him? That’s all He wants. My G-d wants my candle lighting. How can I resist him?
Baruch Ata Hashem Elukeinu.. My G-d.
You know Him too?