שעשני כרצונו

 A woman's guide to

The cornerstone of the entire world is the relationship between two conceptual ideas - Female and Male, in Hebrew Mashpia and Mekabel. Everything falls into this realm. More on this here

Two of the daily Jewish blessings are as follows: A man says בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְהוָֹה, אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁלֹּא עָשַׂנִי אִשָּׁה: "Blessed are You, Hashem, King of the Universe, Who did not make me a woman".

A woman says 

Blessed are you, Hashem, our G-d and king of the world, who made me according to his will. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁעָשַֽׂנִי כִּרְצוֹנוֹ

To me this means the following: There is an ideal version of a human that Gd intended, one that is "According to His Will". Ratzon, or Will, is the deepest desire of what someone truly wants.

 

As for the other blessing, The greatest strengths lie in channeling initial weaknesses into personal strengths. If a man were to say "thank you for making me a man", it would be easy to feel arrogant and conceited - even if they were misguided feelings. By acknowledging that he is not a women, he was not created "according to G-d's will", and yet still blessing and thanking G-d for that, from this place of humility he will be able to tap in to the unique ways he was given to become his ideal self that G-d envisioned. 

if you are reading this and thinking "well, that's a very nice explanation", that I doubt any people are thinking," That's ok. Now you know it. There is an explanation. For me, knowing this information helps me live every single day trying to be my best self. Knowing that who I am is exactly what is according to Gods will, helps me appreciate and accept myself, and I hope it will for you too. 

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