When bentching (saying the prayer after meals), one is to insert a blessing for one's host. I have four scenarios, in which I wonder about whether it is appropriate to say the blessing for the host or for oneself.
- I go to a restaurant. Do I say baal habayis, indicating the owner of the restaurant, or myself, the one who paid for the food?
- Someone else takes me to a restaurant. Now there are three potential blessing recipients involved (me, the person paying, and the owner of the restaurant). If someone thinks it makes no difference between the latter two with regard to the actual wording, let's make the person who took me to the restaurant my parent (for whom one would say "avi mori/imi morasi baal/baalas habayis...").
- In a similar vein, what if my parent (or a friend) makes me a sandwich and I eat in a public park?
- What about in an office building?
I guess a fundamental question here would involve whether the insertion hinges on the one providing the food or the space.