Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Food-Related Mitzvos

13: Blessings after a Meal

You shall eat and be satisfied, and you shall bless Hashem, your God, for the good land that He gave you. (Devarim 8:10)

One is obligated to recite Birkas HaMazon (Grace after Meals) after every meal eaten with bread. Although the blessings are a Torah obligation, the Talmud explains that the text we have was formulated at different points in our history:

The first blessing was formulated by Moshe Rabbeinu in gratitude for the mon, the miracle food which the Jews ate for forty years.

The second blessing was formulated by Yehoshua when the Jews entered Eretz Yisrael.

The third blessing was formulated by David HaMelech, who focused his prayers on the Jewish nation and on Yerushalayim, and by Shlomo who added the prayer for the Beis HaMikdash.

The fourth blessing was added by the Sages of Yavneh, when they were granted the right to bury the deceased of Beitar and they saw the great miracle that the bodies had not decomposed.

Rav Shimshon Refael Hirsch explains that when the Jews were exiled the other nations claimed that the Jews had been rejected by Hashem. To demonstrate that Hashem never forsakes us, the Sages added a blessing to bentching upon the first major miracle in exile.

Before eating, one is required to recite a blessing for each type of food, unless he eats it as part of a meal, in which case it is covered by the HaMotzi blessing. This is a Rabbinical ordinance.


Text Copyright 2006 by Rabbi Moshe Goldberger and Torah.org.


 






ARTICLES ON SHOFTIM AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

Deceitful Prayer
Shlomo Katz - 5759

And Straight Again!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

The Time Is Now
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Under God's Control
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5772

A Wake Up Call
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

Overlook It When You've Been Wronged
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

Looking for a Chavrusah?

First in the Mind!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

Are We listening?
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

Yehi Ratzon - Text and Instructions
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

> Thoughts for Pre-Rosh Hashanah
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5755

Our Champion
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

There is a Treasure
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

ArtScroll

The Shofar: A Wake-Up Call
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

An Inappropriate Judge
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5763

Judging My G-G-Generation
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5755

Q & A Regarding Rosh HaShana
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information