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Could Chocolate be the Secret of Faith?

Sunday, 11 February, 2018 - 10:51 pm

Question of the Week:

I envy you. You have faith. I can see how people with faith have clarity and strength that others don't, especially in hard times. I don't have that strength and I want some of it. Is there a quick fix for faith?

Answer:

There is a quick fix for faith. You should eat a piece of chocolate every day. Seriously.

This is an ancient Jewish remedy for strengthening faith. It is a pity so few people know about it, because if they did, their lives would be so much better. And it really isn't so hard. Just eat a piece of chocolate.

But before you eat the chocolate, you should say the blessing on chocolate. It goes like this:

"Blessed are you Lord our G-d, King of the Universe, for everything exists by Your word."

If you say these words and actually think about them for a few seconds, you will shift your entire perspective on life. Everything exists by His word. What G-d says goes. Nothing happens by accident. We didn't make ourselves. We are not alone. We are in good hands.

Contemplate those words for a minute a day, and you will have the strength to face whatever life throws at you. Because it's not life throwing it at you, it's G-d.

So go eat some chocolate.

Note: Technically, you don't need to eat chocolate. The same blessing is said on a glass of water, a mushroom, a piece of herring and many other foods. But you have to consume something after saying the blessing. Faith needs to be ingested.

Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Moss

Sources:
See Nesivos Sholom Yesod Hatorah Maamar 2:3 "The Saba Kadisha of Lechovitch would say, "When things are tough, make a brocha Shehakol, and trust that everything happens by His word. This sweetens all harshness and miracles will happen!"
See Shevet HaLevi 7:27 why we say Shehakol on chocolate when it should be Haetz.

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