This expression is actually made up of two separate sayings. We introduced Ba•ruch Ha•shem as the Hebrew Word of the Day a few months ago, but only went halfway. Today, we want to give the full, extended blessing, which is perhaps the most significant blessing that one can say. We really hope that you’ll adopt this amazing combined saying to your heart and start using it in your everyday life. More and more of our friends, leaders, pastors, and laymen are saying it daily.
First, we suggest that you look up a previous email that we posted just a few days ago about the importance of the mere word “name” and its significance to your own life. It is under the title: Name, God, Semite.
Now a reminder of what is Ba•ruch Ha•shem
Hebrew is a language that carries a deep reverence for God. This frequent phrase attests to it dramatically.
Ba•ruch Ha•shem is actually a blessing. It has become the most frequent expression meaning “Everything is just fine.” However, it actually suggests that, for everything to be fine, we need to praise God. Furthermore, since it is the answer to the questions “How are you doing?” and “How are you?” it also implies that, whatever the answer may be, we still praise God.
“Baruch” means “blessed” and “Hashem” means “the Lord.” But even the mere word “Ba•ruch” is coming from the word “be-rech,” which means “a knee.” This is what we really do in the Hebrew mindset when we refer to God: we are kneeling before Him. Hebrew reminds us where we are in relation to Him.
Although when we say “Ha•shem” we mean God, the word actually means: “The Name.” This is a reference, the Hebraic way of reverence to the Creator instead of using his actual name. Why so? Mainly because of the commandment: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” Since nobody knows the exact boundaries of “in vain,” the reverent Jew prefers to use a substitute name when not actually praying.
And what about ‘yom yom’?
‘Yom’ means ‘a day,’ but when we say it two times in a row, it turns into the phrase: ‘every day.’ This is the case with almost every Hebrew noun. For example, ‘ish ish’ means every man, ‘boker boker’ means ‘every morning,’ and so on.
When saying Ba•ruch Ha•shem yom yom, we declare our lifetime commitment to praise God and again, and even more strongly, state that regardless of what a day may bring, we are praising and blessing God, and He is praised for eternity.