When I am eating a meal alone and that meal includes bread what parts of the Birkat Hamazon do I pray? Which parts do I exclude? And please be specific. (I use the Schottenstein Artscroll siddur hachol.)

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    ...? all of it except the zimun in the beginning? adjusted, of course, for the additions and substitutions for the day... – Isaac Kotlicky Feb 24 '16 at 23:21
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The same bentching as when not alone except the invitation part called a "zimun" which is said when there at least males present that are at least bar mitzvah age or older.

  • Suppose I was married this past week. Should I recite the sheva berakhos? – Daniel Feb 25 '16 at 0:27
  • @Daniel It's a machloket rishonim. – Double AA Feb 25 '16 at 0:59
  • @DoubleAA What rishonim say that sheva brachot are said without a minyan? – sabbahillel Feb 25 '16 at 1:33
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    @sabbahillel No, that's only true for the Rama. For the ShA it's said at every meal even without a Zimmun. Like I said above it's a machloket rishonim if it's said alone. – Double AA Feb 25 '16 at 4:27
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    @Dude It wasn't excluded from the scope of the question. – Daniel Mar 7 '16 at 17:13

You Bentch the same Bentching you'd normally do except without the zimmun (רבותי נברך), and if you are eating in your own house you'd say Harachaman who yivaraych osi. You can probably find this in the Artscroll Siddur, and most Bentchers.

  • How do you know this? – Double AA Jun 24 '16 at 3:36
  • What do you mean? – M. Broder Jun 24 '16 at 3:37
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    I don't know how I could be any clearer. I don't know who you are. You could be a Christian missionary for all I know. If you post an answer I have no reason to trust you know what you are talking about. You should always include how you know something (a verifiable source reference is best, like a location in Shulchan Arukh or a Pasuk) as well as explaining any logic you used in arriving at your answer. Without such support, your claims aren't very valuable to the community. – Double AA Jun 24 '16 at 3:40
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    I apologize. I'm new here. I didn't really know this works. Thank you for telling me. I'll try to find my source. And in the future I'll try to find my sources. Also, I'm not a Christian Missionary, lol. – M. Broder Jun 24 '16 at 3:47
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    No problem, and welcome aboard. You might find this to be a helpful introduction. Also consider checking out the SE tour. – Double AA Jun 24 '16 at 3:52

You would the normal Bircas HaMazon, minus the Zimmun (Invitation; Rabosai Mir Velen Bentshen or Rabosai Nevarech). If you ate something that was not bread, but made of grain, such as a small cake, recite the three faceted blessing.

  • I'm fantastically curious: What is this "Blessing after a Snack" with its route for bread? Are there really people who don't bentch after eating bread? (Is this the "one piece of pizza" thing?) – SAH Aug 24 '16 at 4:26
  • @SAH - I have seen it somewhere in another siddur, but I cannot find what I'm looking for. I have edited my answer to include the 3 faceted blessing for small cakes, but that wasn't what I was talking about in my other post. :( Sorry; if I find it I'll post it here. :) – ezra Aug 24 '16 at 18:55
  • Thanks! I'd not be surprised if there are some people who say something other than Birkat Hamazon--perhaps Al Hamichya?--after a small amount of HaMotzi. I've just never been fully aware of the details. – SAH Aug 24 '16 at 21:04

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