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In Bereshit (Genesis) 12:2 HaShem tells Avraham that he should be a blessing: V'heyeh Bracha: וֶהְיֵה, בְּרָכָה

But what does it mean that someone is a blessing? Isn't all blessing from HaShem, the source of all blessing.

So i'm not asking how we can bless HaShem, I'm asking how one can be a blessing; aren't blessings (brachot?) coming from HaShem?

  • Clarification, please. You cited a verse. But, the question that you ask seems to be more general. When you say a "bracha", you are "blessing" G-d; not receiving the blessing from G-d. (Yes, G-d "blesses" you in other ways, but that's not the intent o fthe bracha.) Do you want to know what the word "baruch" itself means, in general, or why we make a bracha to G-d on say, food, or what G-d is saying to Abraham in the verse? – DanF Jun 17 '16 at 20:10
  • Possible duplicate of what does baruch atah Hashem mean? – DanF Jun 17 '16 at 20:15
  • Bracha is a noun. Baruch is an adjective. Which are you asking about? – Isaac Moses Jun 17 '16 at 20:26
  • @DanF, I've edited out the duplicate of judaism.stackexchange.com/q/38093; see what you think. – msh210 Jun 17 '16 at 21:03
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    @IsaacMoses, I've edited out the duplicate of judaism.stackexchange.com/q/38093; see what you think. – msh210 Jun 17 '16 at 21:03
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Rashi to that passuk (first p'shat) says it means that Avraham and his children should have the power to give brachos; up until this point, Hashem gave the brachos, not people.

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