In Your magnanimous intent,
You, Lit. The Name, referring to the ineffable name of God; used as a substitute for any of the more sacred names of God when not speaking in prayer. Particularly used in conversation., have given us curiosity.
You have caused us to seek out deeper meaning.
You have gifted us with intellect.
As we begin this sacred practice of education:
Please guide our eyes to the words we need to see.
Guide our hands to find the passages of import.
Unlock our hearts to the truth hidden behind the words.
Allow our inner being to hear the music in the teachings.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יהוה אֱלהֵינוּ
אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָנוּ בְּמִצְותָ
Barukh atah, Adonai Eloheinu, melekh haolam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu la/asok b’divrei l’midah.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who hallows us with Lit. Commandment. It is traditionally held that there are 613 mitzvot (plural) in Judaism, both postive commandments (mandating actions) and negative commandments (prohibiting actions). Mitzvah has also become colloquially assumed to mean the idea of a “good deed.", commanding us to engage with words of learning.