We have reached the Barchu and Shema, key moments in any service. The Barchu is a communal call: Come, let us all bless God who blesses us. It is followed by two longer blessings. The first thanks God for giving us each day and night, light and darkness, the stars and the sun. In the second blessing, we thank God for loving the Jewish people and for the gift of Torah. 
 


Type of Custom: Barchu & Shema

Holiday/Event: Shabbat