How many times a day do we say or hear the words “Baruch HaShem?” Yitro says them in this week’s Torah portion: “And Yitro said: Baruch HaShem (blessed is the Lord), Who has rescued you from the hands of the Egyptians and from the hand of Pharaoh.” Our sages praise Yitro for being the first one to recognize the meaning of the Exodus. Since then, however, “Baruch HaShem” has become a common expression, perhaps too much so.
Rav Avigdor Nebenzahl writes that although we often say these wonderful, soaring words, we do not necessarily understand their deeper meaning: “We need to pay careful attention to the words we utter. We meet our friend and say ‘Good morning,’ without necessarily being aware of how great this blessing actually is. We are simply accustomed to saying ‘Good morning’ in the morning and ‘Good evening’ in the evening. But what is hiding beneath the surface of these simple words? We are wishing our friend that the Holy One Blessed Be He should grant him a good morning. And when we invest a little heartfelt sincerity when we say ‘Good morning’, this simple greeting is no longer just a common courtesy, but is transformed into a fantastic blessing.”