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    Last week, we
    explained the objective
    of Elul is to achieve
    Ani l’Dodi, a closeness
    to my Beloved, namely
    to Hashem. We also
    suggested that a great
    way to acquire dveikus, attachment to
    Hashem, is to make meaningfully one
    hundred blessings every day. Finally, we
    cited the Bach which was elaborated on
    by Rav Pincus, zt”l, zy”a, that a powerful
    protection from the malach hamaves, the
    angel of death, as instituted by Dovid
    haMelech, is the proper fulfillment of a
    hundred blessings daily.
    In this article, I would like to share with
    my dear readership the nuts and bolts of
    how to reach the goal of one hundred
    blessings. During the week, for men at
    least, this milestone is easily attainable.
    We start with the three Shemone Esreis,
    each having 19 blessings, giving us a
    total of 57 brachos. We are already
    more than halfway there. Then we have
    the blessings of al netilas yodai’im,
    asher yotzar and Elokai neshama
    which are 3, then another 3 blessings

    of birkas haTorah, one blessing on tzitis
    and two on tefillin, the 15 brachos of
    birkas hashachar, the two brachos of
    Boruch She’amar and Yishtabach, and
    the 8 blessings before and after Krias
    Shema in the morning and the evening.
    Together, these equal 34 giving us the
    total of 91, the numerical value of amein.
    The Steipler Gaon says that the average
    person goes to the lavatory around every
    3 hours. Even for a young person, that’s
    another 4 blessings, bringing us to 95.
    If we eat bread once, that’s 6 blessings,
    comprised of al netilas yodai’im, hamotzi
    and the 4 blessings in bentching, taking
    us over the top to 101. This is besides
    the rest of the day when we make
    shehakols, borei nefashos, mezonos and
    al hamichye. And it doesn’t include the
    birchas hamapil. So, as I mentioned,
    during the week it’s a piece of cake (pun
    intended!) to reach our important goal.
    Shabbos however is an entirely different
    story. We have 4 Shemone Esreis
    including mussaf, but they have only 7
    blessings each, giving us a total of 28
    instead of 57. We do bentch 3 times, so
    that’s another 18, coming to a total of 46.

    We have 2 brachos of Kiddush in the
    night and one during the day. We have
    one blessing on the tallis katan, another
    on the tallis gadol, al netilas yodai’im,
    asher yoztar, and Elokai neshama
    which make another 5. The 3 of birkas
    haTorah, 15 of birkas hashachar, 2 of
    Baruch She’amar and Yishtabach, and
    7 associated with Krias Shema. That’s
    another 35 bringing us to 81. So we are
    now short 19 blessings! The Mishnah
    Berurah writes that if we answer with
    concentration amein to the blessings
    before and after the Torah of each of the
    aliyas and of the birkas haftorah, this
    is considered like making a blessing,
    bringing us to our goal. Others say that
    the boruch Elokeinu, boruch adoneinu,
    boruch malkienu and boruch moshi’einu
    that we say in Ein Kelokeinu also count
    towards the one hundred blessings. Yet,
    great people like Rav Chaim Kanievsky
    and the Satmar rebbe, zt”l, zy”a, tried to
    reach the coveted objective of 100 actual
    blessings and they would run an active
    count in their minds to accomplish the
    blessings that they needed. Here are
    some ideas. Many people make a borei
    minei bisomim on hadassim, during
    Kiddush Friday night which adds a
    blessing. After the meal, a person
    could snack on a few rugelach, a sip
    of tea, and a piece of fruit adding
    another 5 blessings. A mezonos,
    a ha’eitz, a shehakol, al hamichya,
    and borei nefashos. Then, there is
    the bracha of hamapil. A coffee
    and a slice of cake to enable one to
    daven better in the morning adds
    another 4 blessings. Rav Klonimus
    recommends making a Kiddush
    before the lunch with some kichel
    and herring. This adds another 4
    blessings. If you take a nap in the
    afternoon and then change your
    tallis katan upon arising, you have
    another blessing. Before leaving
    to mincha, take another snack.
    Perhaps a drink, some grapes and
    some peanuts, or popcorn adding
    another five blessings, ha’eitz,
    ha’adama, shehakol, al ha’eitz and
    borei nefashos. Now, let’s count the
    yield of our efforts. That brings us
    to 21 added to our 81 taking us to
    102 and a great accomplishment. If
    we are short, we could always smell
    the besomin once or twice during
    the day as long as there is a sizable
    interval between the times.
    It’s a great feeling to know that
    we’ve strived to reach this prized
    closeness to hashem and spiritual

    On Yom Kippur when we can’t eat, it is
    not possible to get to 100. I once asked
    Rav Moshe, zt”l, zy”a, when I brought
    him besomim to smell during this holiest
    of days, ‘Since we can’t reach 100, is
    there any reason to attempt to get as
    close as possible through the smelling of
    the besomim?’ He answered me in the
    affirmative. I extrapolated from this that
    women who don’t say 3 Shemone Esreis
    every day and therefore fall short of 100
    blessings should still try to get as close
    as possible to the 100 blessing milestone.
    It’s also interesting that the Gedolei
    Yisroel of Eretz Yisroel such as Rav
    Cham Kanievsky wanted women to say
    3 Shemone Esreis each day while Rav
    Eliyashev said it was praiseworthy for
    them to do so, perhaps so that they too
    should achieve the one hundred blessing
    protection. We should also note that
    even if we get to 100, we still have to
    work hard on them being meaningful
    blessings and not just mechanical,
    mindless mutterings.
    In the merit of our renewed attempt
    at 100 meaningful daily blessings, may
    Hashem protect us and bless us with
    long life, good health, and everything