Kiss Your Bread This New Year!

בָּרוּך אַתָּה אַדָנָי אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך הָעוֹלָם הָמוֹציא לֶחם מן הַארץ Baruch Ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha-olam, hamotzi lechem min ha’aretz. Blessed are You God, Ruler of the universe, who has brought forth bread from the earth. On a visit to Israel, Rabbi Abraham Twerski shared a meal with a man who recited the Motzi, the blessing over the bread cited above. Rabbi Twerski explains in his book, Living Each Day, that after saying these sacred words, the man did something quite unusual – he kissed the bread before he ate a piece. Rabbi Twerski, having never seen anyone do this, asked the man why he kissed the bread. The man looked at Rabbi Twerski with bewilderment. “Do you not kiss the Torah? Do you not kiss sacred objects – like the mezuzah – to show your reverence for them? Bread, too,” the man said, “is sacred. It is the handiwork of God, of this miraculous universe…