Questions about short prayers called b'rachos ("benedictions" or "blessings"), generally said to thank God for specific events.

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Who Commanded Us, and For What?

Whenever a Jew performs an activity that is mandated by the Torah, s/he recites the blessing that acknowledges God, "אשר קדשנו במצוותיו" (who sanctified us with his commandments), and who commanded us ...