When one Jew blesses another Jew and he says, “You should be well and your family should be well,” is it also a tefilla because he’s saying it because he wants that Jew to be well?
If a Jew blesses another Jew, is it a tefilla? It depends. If you do it just as a formality, just for politeness, then that’s what it is – a formality. It’s a way of being mechabed him. On the other hand, if he has seichel to use it as a tefilla, then it’s a very good investment.
Now, pay attention. One of the best things in the world to do is to bless a fellow Jew. Hakodosh Boruch Hu promised Avraham, ואברכה מברכך – I will bless those who bless you.
I’ll explain that. Number one is that we have to know that Hakodosh Boruch Hu is אוהב עמו ישראל – Hashem loves Jews. No question about it. He loves Jews more than anything else in the whole world. Don’t be afraid to say that. The whole Torah speaks about only that one theme – Hashem loves Jews! אוהב עמו ישראל. So if you love a Jew enough to give him a good bracha, Hashem will surely love you for that.
But in addition, there’s a bris, a covenant that Hashem made with Avraham. He made a promise to Avrohom Avinu, ואברכה מברכך – I will bless those who bless you. So if you sincerely wish a fellow Jew he should succeed, that he should be healthy, Hakodosh Boruch Hu is loving you at that moment intensely! One of the best things to do is to bless your fellow Jews.
So, if you say “Good morning,” to your neighbor just as a formality, so that’s all it is – a greeting. But if you put thought into it, then it becomes a tefillah, a bracha.
So when you pass by a house with a big mezuzah, waste a half minute and wish them they should all live long in that house, they should have nachas from children. They should have plenty of parnassah and make simchos. As much as you can say, it will redound to your own benefit. It’s to your own benefit to bless Jews as much as you can.
TAPE # 981