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When did Jews adopt the custom of saying "Baruch Hashem"? The only people who said B"H in the Chumash were non-Jews: Noah, Malkitzedek, Avimelech, Eliezer, Lavan, and Yitro!

  • related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/61587/759 – Double AA Mar 3 '16 at 4:09
  • mishna Berachoth (9, 5) חַיָּב אָדָם לְבָרֵךְ עַל הָרָעָה כְּשֵׁם שֶׁהוּא מְבָרֵךְ עַל הַטּוֹבָה, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (דברים ו) וְאָהַבְתָּ אֵת יְיָ אֱלֹהֶיךָ בְּכָל לְבָבְךָ וּבְכָל נַפְשְׁךָ וּבְכָל מְאֹדֶךָ. וכו'... בְּכָל מְאֹדֶךָ, בְּכָל מִדָּה וּמִדָּה שֶׁהוּא מוֹדֵד לְךָ הֱוֵי מוֹדֶה לוֹ בִּמְאֹד מְאֹד It seems that the custom comes from the verse in Kriath Shema. – kouty Mar 3 '16 at 4:47
  • @kouty The term מְבָרֵךְ of course, doesn't imply any specific phrasing. The Gemara does somewhat define a bracha as needing shem vemalchut. Thus, it's questionable if that formality is what is implied here. It doesn't seem that way, otherwise, we woul dhave some standardized bracha that we should say everytime something good happens. Unless Hatov Vehameitiv is implied by this statement. – DanF Nov 30 '17 at 23:16
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The earliest source that I can find of a Jew saying Boruch Hashem is King David. (Shmuel1 25:32).

There are also many places in Tehilim (28:6, 31:22, 41:14, 72:18, 89:53, 106:48, 124:6, 135:21, 144:1) where it says Boruch Hashem.

Ezra 7:27 also uses the terminology Boruch Hashem.

  • Does David say "Baruch Hashem," or "Baruch [shem ה׳]"? – Noach MiFrankfurt Mar 31 '16 at 20:34
  • @NoachmiFrankfurt: I gave you the sources, look it up. – Gershon Gold Mar 31 '16 at 23:13
  • Gershon, I am asking not for myself, I can look it up, but to make a point of the fact that in Tanach, we use shem ה׳, but we say השם in contemporary usage, rather than ה׳. – Noach MiFrankfurt Mar 31 '16 at 23:46
  • Avraham supposedly "converted" people who followed him. While Judaism was certainly not formalized at that time, one might argue that Avraham was "Jewish", and thus, Eliezer might have been as well. – DanF Nov 30 '17 at 23:11
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I believe the custom of saying this comes from Tractate Berachos in the Mishnah, Chapter 9 Mishnah 5: Berachos 9:5

Seems that since we should "greet eachother in the name of Hashem" we should also describe the way we are feeling using the name of Hashem. Another more simple explanation is that we should always be thankful we are alive, and thus when someone asks how we are, we answer "Baruch Hashem" (Blessed is Hashem) because we are thankful we are alive and not dead not matter how we're feeling (sick, well, etc.)

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