Prayers over Bamba?

PrayIn Jerusalem there is a big battle brewing over what prayer to pray over a peanut flavored corn snack named Bamba.  Seriously!  Check out the articles from Jerusalem Post and from My Jewish Learning for more information.

The basic argument is over what is the proper prayer to intone before it is fed to a baby in Israel.  Seriously!  Yitzhak Yosef advocates the “Borei pri ha’adama” (“Blessed are You, the Creator of the fruits of the earth”).  David Yosef supports the Shekahol Blessing (“Blessed are You Who brings everything into being by His word”).  Seriously!

Hopefully you have noticed by now that the commonality of the last names … they are brothers!  Hopefully you have also asked yourself — “What is the big deal?”  Seriously!

For this controversy truly is not about prayers to God but on a secondary level (1) about a family feud over power and control and (2) adhering to the Talmud rather than the Word of God.

The family feud centers on who will replace their father as the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem … power and influence.  The Talmud issue is about focusing on the commentaries of man rather than God’s words.

However, and ultimately, this controversy is about putting the focus on the wrong thing (Talmud) and the wrong person (Chief Rabbinate).  The only person who can resolve this feud is Jesus who is our High Priest and who’s words are greater than any Talmudic position.

So let me suggest an alternate prayer that might hopefully resolve the controversy — “Dear Jesus, Thank you for this food, Amen.”


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Tanya says:

    Hmmm, that was interesting. Looks like somethings will always remain mystery.

    I myself has been trying to solve the mystery of the legend that forces you to have “earn it before

    having it”, for a wile now. Could not understand much though.

    Let me know in case you get to understand the mystery of the

    Old Hound and the Legend

    By the way, good writing style. I’d love to read more on similiar topics

  2. Tanya,

    Thanks for the comment. Just so you know … you don’t have to earn anything with Jesus before receiving Him. He did all the work. We receive the blessings!

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