The prominent version of Barukh sheamar contains 87 words. This is the gematria of the Hebrew word paz (פז) meaning "refined gold.". An alternative text is printed in some Sephardic prayer books, often alongside the traditional version.
Initially, Saadya Gaon instituted the recitation of barukh she'amar for Shabbat, but in France, it became a custom to recite this prayer daily. Saadya Gaon wrote in his siddur two Barukh she'amars: weekdays version has one "barukh" and Shabbath version has 12 "barukhs". The modern version combined two Barukh she'amars versions together with 13 "barukhs" interpreting it qabbalistically like "echad" gematria.
Aspects of God
- God spoke and the world came to be.
- God speaks, does, decrees, and fulfills.
- God is merciful.
- God rewards those who fear Him.
- God is eternal.
- God rescues and redeems people.
- Blessed is God's name.
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