Yakov Avinu davened for lechem le’echol uvegged lilbosh. The obvious question
Is why is it important to point out that the bread is for eating and the clothes
One of the answers is, some people have bread but are lo aleinu sick and can’t
eat it. They are hooked up to an intravenous or feeding tube or. They have
beautiful clothes, but can’t wear them. They wear hospital gowns or pajamas.
I heard this story from a Gerer Chasid who grew up in Tel Aviv in the forties.
His father planned a trip to Yerushalyim to receive a bracha from the
Imrei Emes. Due to the Arab unrest, it was a very expensive, difficult and
dangerous to travel to Yerushalayim. The preparation and trip took up
a whole day.
His father finally arrived in Yerushalyim and entered the Rebbes room.
The Rebbe glanced at him and all he said , he should have nachas from
the children. He was in and out of the room in less than 5 seconds.
When he returned to his family, he told his wife about his 5 second
encounter with the Rebbe and the short and single bracha he received.
His wife was very disappointed, and complained, that after taking
such a long, difficult and dangerous trip, the only bracha he managed
to get was nachas from the children.
His fathers explained, having nachas from children in itself is a great bracha.
However this bracha includes additional brachos.
In order to have nachas from children, both parents need to be healthy.
Sick people can’t and don’t have nachas. You also need a roof over your head
and some food on the table, otherwise you can’t have nachas from others.
Therefore this bracha cosists of Bonei , Chayei Umezonei (good children,
healthy life & parnoso).
What more can a person ask for?
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