The rabbi walks into Starbucks and says, "$5.50 for a coffee? I can make that at home for 50 cents."
The barista answers, "You're not paying for the coffee. You're paying for the ambiance, the people-watching, and the free wifi."
Says the rabbi, "Now I understand the laws of blessings. We aren't saying it for the food. We're saying it out of gratitude for the feeling of having our hunger satiated."
- adapted from a synagogue talk by Rabbi Schneur Kaplan, Downtown Jewish Center Chabad, Ft. Lauderdale FL
By Dannielle Blumenthal, Ph.D. All opinions are the author's own.