A blessing for the occasion.

That’s the final roll-call on health-care reform.

Blessed are You, HaShem our God,
Ruler of the Universe,
who has granted us life,
sustained us,
and brought us forth to this season.

Note:  The “shehechayanu” is the blessing used either to mark the return of an annual event or to recognize something altogether new.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

2 thoughts on “219-212”

  1. Actually, if this were good news, which it is not, the correct blessing would be Hatov Vehametiv, since it is about an event that would benefit many. Ironically, perhaps it is more fitting that you make a brachah levatallah or a wasted blessing for a waste of a bill.

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