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berakah

[Sephardic Hebrew brah-khah; Ashkenazic Hebrew braw-khuh] /Sephardic Hebrew brɑˈxɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈbrɔ xə/
noun, plural berakoth, berakot
[Sephardic Hebrew brah-khawt] /Sephardic Hebrew brɑˈxɔt/ (Show IPA),
berakos [Ashkenazic Hebrew braw-khuh z] /Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈbrɔ xəz/ (Show IPA). Hebrew.
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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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