In 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.”