Jewish Practice Mitzvahs & Traditions Prayer Jewish Prayers Grace After Meals Birkat Hamazon: Grace After Bread (Bentching). Birkat Hamazon or Birkat Hammazon known in English as the Grace After Meals is a set of Hebrew blessings that Jewish Halakha (“collective body of Jewish. Birkat Hamazon can be said sitting at the same table or in view of the same table where the meal was eaten. At weddings or Shabbat meals, it is often said.

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Blessing for the Seas and Oceans. However, as with the other services, other prayers were added in time, such as the series of short prayers beginning with harachaman. Therefore, with the expression of thanks for food we also pray for peace, which will make it biirkat for us to enjoy then blessings” Mateh Hamqzonquoted in Landau, Tselota d’Avraham2: The shortened form, also known as ah hamichyahbegins with the usual formula and then varies according to what was eaten: This article needs additional citations for verification.

Birkat Hamazon

Reprinted here with permission. Blessing for Putting on a Tallit. Prayer for the Israel Defense Forces. The texts of these vary, but all versions contain a prayer for the host and for those present, a prayer for the coming of Elijah the prophet, and a prayer that we may be worthy to see the days hamzzon the Messiah.


When one hundred are present, the leader says “Blessed is HaShem our God, of Whose we have eaten and of Whose goodness we have lived”, and the group responds “Blessed is HaShem our God, of Whose we have eaten, and of Whose goodness we have lived.

An additional abbreviated form of birkat hamazon in Ladino, called Ya Comimosmay also be said.

It is customary for the person leading the zimmun to recite the blessings over a cup of wine called the kos shel beracha cup of blessing. Prayer for the State of Israel. It contains the four essential blessings in a somewhat shortened form, with fewer preliminaries and additions. If one forgets Retzei or ya’aleh ve-Yavoone inserts a short blessing before the fourth blessing.

Retrieved 17 April On Hanukkah and Purim the special prayer al hanisim assigned for these holidays is recited between the two paragraphs. Additional sections are added on special occasions. Blessing of the Sun.

Grace After Meals

Retrieved 16 August AbrahamIsaacJacobMoses and Joshua will birka claim unworthiness to lead the grace and the Cup of Blessing will pass to King Davidwho will accept the honour. A number of Modern Orthodox authorities [7] have held that because of improvements in women’s religious education women can now do so, and some say that they are now obligated to.

On Sabbaths and festivals we recite psalm Like the benediction before the meal, the Grace afterwards raises the satisfaction of a physical craving into the realm of the spirit. The honor of leading the mezuman is accorded by the host to the most distinguished person present Sep.


A Zimmun of 10 is called a Zimmun B’Shem. Alternative Grace after Meals B’rich rahamana malka d’alma mareih d’hahy pita.

None of these variations is ever used in practice: On Jewish holidaysthe ya’aleh ve-Yavo paragraph is added and on Shabbat the retzei paragraph is recited, both just before the end of hamazpn third blessing.

Birkat Hamazon is made up of four blessings. According to the one opinion in the Talmud Berakhot 49bthere are special versions of the zimmun if birkat hamazon is said by at least one hundred, one thousand or ten thousand seated at one meal.

Jewish Prayers: Grace After Meals

These are said silently out of consideration for any poor people who may be present at the table. In place of the sorrowful remembrance of past tragedies, it is an optimistic vision of the future rebuilding of Zion. Birkat Hamazon is recited after consuming a meal eaten with bread.

Birkat Hazan praises God for providing food for all. On weekdays we recite Psalmal naharot bavelto express our mourning for the destruction of Zion, an event which should not be forgotten even during our meals. Before the closing formula, there is an insertion for Sabbaths, Rosh Chodesh, or festivals.

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