Blessed are you, God, king of the world, who created many living things with their deficiencies.
As an American Jew, I used to argue with God about this prayer.
Why did you create us with deficiencies? Why do we need to be deficient? Why didn’t you make us perfect and complete? Then we wouldn’t suffer so much. I don’t get it.
I learned the answer in Israel. It’s tucked inside another basic prayer.
Blessed are you, God, king of the world, who made all my needs.
Curiously, every English translation says either “…who fulfills all my needs” or “…who provides for all my needs” – but it doesn’t say that in Hebrew! Asah, la’asot, to make. Past tense, actually. “You made all my needs.”
Here is my version of the prayer (2012):
Hashem, you made all my needs, and then you fill those needs, so really… my need is for you. I need you to be my king. Please be my king. Malki.
In short, God is codependent. He/She could have created human beings that would grow to be totally self-sufficient – or that would mature in eleven months like puppies do. Instead God desired to make us with needs… which God would then fill… so we would look to Him.
God likes needy people.
I like needy people.
God likes filling people’s needs.
I like filling people’s needs.
God wants to be your King.
I want to be your queen. No, your boss. I want to be your Boss.
Wait a minute. I think I lost the logic train. That’s not what I meant to say.