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Birkat Hamazon



Reciting Birkat Hamazon


Reciting Birkat Hamazon Reciting Birkat Hamazon after eating we thank G-d for providing food for all people. In the Bible we are told: You shall eat and be full, and you shall bless your G-d for the good land which he has given you. Deuteronomy 8:10 prescribes a benediction after eating. Like the Kiddush before the meal, the Grace after Meals raises the satisfaction of a physical craving into the realm of the spirit. The prayer expresses thankfulness for the food and binds the participants to their origin by expressing gratitude to G-d for all the past favors to the people as a whole and hope for a blessed future. There are three versions of this important Blessing after meals ceremony: The most known one is giving thanks after a meal that includes bread, and therefore begins with the Hamotzie Blessing and includes four different blessings (see Translation of Birkat Hamazon below) For a breadless meal, but one which includes wine, baked goods, or one of the seven species of Israel there is a short version blessing. However when the meal is just a snack an even shorter blessing is recited. TO SEE AN EXAMPLE OF BIRKAT HAMAZON PLEASE CLICK THE LINK

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Translation of Birkat Hamazon


Before the actual Grace is recited an introductory psalm is said. On weekdays we recite Psalm 137: By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. This is recited to express the mourning for the destruction of Zion, an event which should not be forgotten even during our meals. On Sabbaths and festivals we recite Psalm 126: When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we became like men comforted. This is an optimistic vision of the future rebuilding of Zion. Blessed is the L-rd our G-d, Sovereign of the universe, who sustains the entire world with goodness, kindness and mercy. G-d gives food to all creatures, for G-ds mercy is everlasting. Through G-ds abundant goodness we have not lacked sustenance, and may we not lack sustenance forever, for the sake of G-ds great name. G-d sustains all, does good to all, and provides food for all the creatures whom G-d has created. Blessed is the L-rd, who provides food for all. We thank the L-rd our G-d for having given a lovely and spacious land to our fathers and mothers; for having liberated us from the land of Egypt and freed us from the house of bondage; for the covenant which G-d has sealed in our flesh, for the Torah which G-d has taught us; for the laws which G-d has made known to us; for the life, grace and loving kindness which G-d. May the Merciful One bless all who are gathered here and all their families, as well as all dear to us, just as our ancestors: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were blessed in every way; and Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, were described as good; so may G-d bless all of us together with a complete blessing, and we say: Amen. May our merit and the merit of our ancestors secure enduring peace for all of us. May we receive a blessing from the L-rd, and justice from the G-d of our salvation. May we find grace and favor in the sight of G-d and humankind. We thank the L-rd our G-d for having given a lovely and spacious land to our fathers and mothers; for having liberated us from the land of Egypt and freed us from the house of bondage; for the covenant which G-d has sealed in our flesh, for the Torah which G-d has taught us; for the laws which G-d has made known to us; for the life, grace and loving kindness which G-d has bestowed upon us, and for the sustenance with which G-d nourishes and maintains us continually, in every season, every day, even every hour. May the L-rd our G-d have mercy on G-ds people Israel, G-ds city Jerusalem, Zion the abode of G-ds glory, the royal house of David, G-ds anointed one, and the great and holy Temple that bears G-ds name. May our G-d, our Parent, tend and nourish us, sustain and maintain us, and speedily grant us relief from all our troubles. May the L-rd make us dependent not on the alms or loans of others, but rather on G-ds full, open and generous hand, so that we may never be humiliated or put to shame. May the L-rd our G-d have mercy on G-ds people Israel, G-ds city Jerusalem, Zion the abode of G-ds glory, the royal house of David, G-ds anointed one, and the great and holy Temple that bears G-ds name. May our G-d, our Parent, tend and nourish us, sustain and maintain us, and speedily grant us relief from all our troubles. May the L-rd make us dependent not on the alms or loans of others, but rather on G-ds full, open and generous hand, so that we may never be humiliated or put to shame. It is a tradition not to recite Birkat Hamazon by heart but rather read it from a printed text to avoid mistakes. Thus a whole industry of printing and illuminating beautiful illustrated Hebrew texts of this blessing sometimes with English translation featuring Shabbat & Holidays around the year came forth. Special prints are done for special occasions such as the Simchas of Bar and Bat Mitzvah or weddings.

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