Confession: I get a kick out of saying blessings. It was one of the first things I started doing after I converted to Judaism. I like the idea of saying “Thank you, G-d” as often as I can, even when I’m not particularly on good terms with the Holy One Upstairs.
My husband came home today and told me the blessing you say on “nappy” hair. Of course, the Talmud doesn’t say “nappy,” but it gets the same point across. The Talmud thinks my hair is “different.”
First my husband tells me the blessing to say on albinos (like my uncle) and Africans (okay?)–people with unusual characteristics. And I wonder, do you think some Jews would say that one on all Jews of color? People need to get out more.
Here’s the blessing so you know what to say the next time you see my head bobbing past you:
“Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, the True Judge.”
My husband thinks it might be a little racist. But maybe so is saying blessings on albinos and Africans? I’m going to go ahead and say it’s not racist (to me) but perhaps, one shouldn’t count ALL their blessings in the same way.