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berachah

[Sephardic Hebrew brah-khah; Ashkenazic Hebrew braw-khuh] /Sephardic Hebrew brɑˈxɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈbrɔ xə/
noun, plural berachoth, berachot
[Sephardic Hebrew brah-khawt] /Sephardic Hebrew brɑˈxɔt/ (Show IPA),
berachos
[Ashkenazic Hebrew braw-khuh z] /Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈbrɔ xəz/ (Show IPA).
Hebrew.
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berachoth in the Bible

blessing. (1.) A valley not far from Engedi, where Jehoshaphat overthrew the Moabites and Ammonites (2 Chr. 20:26). It has been identified with the valley of Bereikut. (R.V., "Beracah.") (2.) One of the Benjamite warriors, Saul's brethren, who joined David when at Ziklag (1 Chr. 12:3).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for berachoth

berachah

in Judaism, a benediction (expression of praise or thanks directed to God) that is recited at specific points of the synagogue liturgy, during private prayer, or on other occasions (e.g., before performing a commandment or for being spared from harm in the face of danger). Most berakoth begin with the words Barukh Attah Adonai Eloheinu Melekh ha-Olam ("Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe").

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