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Jewish Recipes -->  Judaism --> What Blessings / Brachot do I make?


Generally, all the brachot have the same beginning:

"Baruch Ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam..."

"Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe..."

For Bread:

"... ha-motzi lechem min ha-aretz."
"...Who brings forth bread from the earth."

For Eating Grain Products (such as wheat, barley, rye, oats or spelt):
 "...borei minei mezonot".
"...Who creates various types of nourishment."

For Wine & Grape juice:

"... borei p'ri ha-gafen."
"...Who creates the fruit of the vine."

For Fruit from trees:

"...borei p'ri ha-etz"
"...Who creates the fruit of the trees."

For Vegetables (produce which grows in the ground):

"...borei p'ri ha-adamah".
"...Who creates the fruits of the ground."

For Drinks (other than wine from grapes) Meat, Fish, Cheese, etc.:

"... shehakol ni'he'yah bid'varo".
"...that everything came into being through His Word."

These are the order of the brachot in general:

1. HaMotzi - on bread.
2. Mezonot - on grains, cakes.
3. HaGafen - on wine or grape juice.
4. HaEtz - on fruit from the trees.
5. HaAdama - on produce from the ground (vegetables).
6. SheHakol - on drinks, etc.

Learn the Jewish Grace after Meals: Birkat Hamazon (ברכת המזון), known in English as the Grace After Meals (lit. "Blessing on Nourishment" (or as Bentschn, בענטשן, in Yiddish, "to bench", "benching" in Yinglish), is a set of Hebrew blessings that according to Halakha are recited after eating a meal that includes bread (whether (leavened or unleavened) made from one or all of wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt. It is a matter of rabbinic dispute whether Birkat Hamazon must be said after eating certain other bread-like foods such as pizza.

Though technically a series of blessings, Birkat Hamazon takes on the form of prayers which are typically read silently for ordinary meals, and often sung or chanted for special meals such as the Shabbat, festivals and special occasions.

The scriptural source for the requirement to say Birkat Hamazon is Deuteronomy 8:10 "When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless HaShem, your God for the good land which he gave you".


The NCSY Bencher Book of Prayer & Song: is immensely popular for use in homes, synagogues, schools, youth groups and camps, as well as for weddings, bar and bas mitzvahs, and other simchos. With clear Hebrew and English type, a new translation, and complete, easy-to-read transliteration of the benching, kiddush, blessings, zemiros, and songs for all occasions, it is available with white, silver or full-color covers. May be imprinted. Newly revised with added zemiros and popular songs.

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