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Questions about the the blessings of thanks recited after eating bread products. Hebrew: Bircat Hamazon. Also known as Grace After Meals.

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Dagesh in שישלם

In Tehillim קלז, should I read the Yud in שישלם with or without a dagesh? I’ve seen it both ways. The “without” option makes sense according to an exception in the grammatical rules of Dagesh ...
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A recent siddur that includes an abbreviated birchas hamazon text

Magen Avraham in OC 192 brings attention to the existence of an abbreviated birchas hamazon נוסח ב"ה הקצר להרב מהר"ר נפתלי בהסכמ' הרבה גדולי חכמים ברכה ראשונ' כולה כתיקונה ואח"כ יאמר ...
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Can you mezamen with people who aren’t bentching?

If you’re sitting 3 people and you all ate bread, you have to do zimun. Does it matter though if the other 2 people won’t be bentching (in other words they’re not so frum and don’t care about berachot)...
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Asking for a zimmun

Why are there various different ways of reciting zimmun before birkat hamazon — why isn't there one set formula?
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I'm looking for a very specific Birkat Hamazon tune

As the title says, I'm looking for a Birkat Hamazon tune that I know through my family but have never heard from anyone else. I've heard it on a record from the Brandeis-Bardin Institute from the ...
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Birkat hamazon for chametz on Passover

On Passover, if a Jew consumes Chametz because they have to for Pikuach Nefesh, do they recite Birkat Hamazon afterwards? Of course this would be more than the minimum amount to be liable on Pesach, (...
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Standing for Grace after Meals to concentrate better?

I have seen someone choose to learn standing up rather than sitting because he was tired. He felt he could stay awake better in a standing position. When it comes to Grace after Meals, the SO O.Ch. ...
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Explanation of this verse in Psalm 137

אַשְׁרֵ֤י שֶׁיֹּאחֵ֓ז וְנִפֵּ֬ץ אֶֽת־עֹ֝לָלַ֗יִךְ אֶל־הַסָּֽלַע׃ A blessing on him who seizes your babies and dashes them against the rocks! Psalms 137:9 This verse doesn't sit well with me... It ...
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After-blessing for water that was covered by wine that was covered by bread

If one drank wine, and then drank water or juice, and forgot to bentch for what he drank, or if he did not need to bentch for the wine because it was from Kiddush, and then he had a meal right ...
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After-blessing upon drinking during a meal, when no longer feeling satiated but thirst is still quenched

If one is no longer feeling satiated from the meal he had, for which he can no longer recite Birkas Hamazon, would he still need to recite Al Hagefen or Borei Nefashos for what he drank during his ...
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Date rebuilding Jerusalem appeared in birkas hamazon and me'en shalosh?

Do the references to rebuilding Jerusalem indicate when the birkas hamazon and me'en shalosh were first written, or were these references added at some point to existing brachot? Do we know when the ...
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Whats the reasoning behind יין פגום?

There is an halacha called יין פגום (mentioned in Pesachim 106a and Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim Siman 182) where if I drank a cup of wine for Kiddush or Birkat Hamazon and didn't finish all of it, I ...
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What is the history of “Poseach et Yadecha” in birkas HaMazon?

When it comes to the history of the nusach of the first Bracha of Birkas Hamazon, where do we find the first source of this pasuk being within it? Are there earlier sources that don’t mention it? I am ...
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Why is “נא” in parenthesis in birkas hamazon?

I bentch using a regular Ashkenaz bentcher. In most of them, the word after “Rachem” is Na but it’s in parenthesis. I think I’ve also seen the word omitted occasionally. I see the Shulchan Aruch 188:4 ...
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Al hamichya in different location when continued eating rice but started with cake

If someone start eating cake in one location he/she can make על המחיה in a totally different location (from which the first cannot be seen) if one continues eating there. Does the food that is ...
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Birkas Hamazon if I left the place I ate in

If a person washed and ate bread without the intention of completing the meal elsewhere and then left his house and cannot return, is that person allowed to say the grace after meal at his new ...
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How can I understand the idea that “Pirsumei nisa is as much to oneself as it is to others.”

The THE BENJAMIN AND ROSE BERGER TORAH TO-GO Chanukah 5782 p 14 contains an article from Rabbi Ezra Schwartz entitled “ Al Hanisim in Birkat Hamazon”. It says Tosafot, Shabbat 24a, s.v. Mahu, offer a ...
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How specific is "the place where one ate"?

One is supposed to say birkat hamazon "in the place where he ate." How specific is this? (the same building, the same room, the same table, or the same seat)
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If one mistakenly said רצה during a weekday ברכת המזון must he then repeat ברכת המזון?

I believe the halacha regarding someone who mistakenly started to say shmona esrei for Shabbos during the week and remembered before רצה is that he can continue with atah chonen and it is not ...
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Should we say Al naharos bavel during Nissan?

There is a popular idea to not say Al Naharos Bavel before Birtkat HaMazon on days when tachnun is not said (see here). Does that apply to all of Nissan?
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Why don't we make a bracha on bentching?

Bircas Hamazon is a mitzva from the Torah, so why don't we make a bracha on this mitzva?
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What is the reason al pi sod for saying migdol in bentching on Chol HaMoed?

The Ben Ish Chai Chukas (1:19) writes בארבע סעודות שבת וכן ביום טוב וחול המועד וראש חודש אומרים מגדול בו"ו, וכתב בחסד לאלפים בשם הרב רבי דוד פאדרו ז"ל שגם בסעודת מילה ראוי לומר מגדול בוא&...
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Why say bircat hamazon instead of plainly thanking HaShem for the food?

A niece asked me why do we need to say bircat hamazon which is lengthy and with words we don’t understand instead of just saying in English something along the long the lines of “thank you HaShem for ...
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We don't read "kisvei kodesh" on Shabbos?

The Sefer HaMatamim (Shabbos 1) explains the reason we say Migdol instead of Magdil in bentching is because מגדיל היא בכתובים בתהלים ואין קורין בכתבי הקודש בשבת - Magdil is part of Kesuvim in ...
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Why do we recite Zimmun after Al Naharos Bavel; Shir Hamaalos?

Zimmun is the introduction to Birkas Hamazon. We invite those present to join in the bentching (ex. “Rabosai mir velen bentchen”). Why do we do this after we have already begun the recitation of ...
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Sit for blessings after food?

Someone told me to sit for grace after meals (the series of benedictions recited after eating a bread meal). Is that true? I mean, is there such an halachic obligation? or is it, at least, a nice ...
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Why Shir HaMaalos on Erev Tisha B'Av?

The custom is some places seems to be to say Shir Hamaalos before bentching for the seuda mafsekes on Erev Tisha B'Av. Although we normally say Shir Hamaalos for bentching whenever we don't say ...
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Amen in Boneh Yerushalayim

In Birkat HaMazon, the one who is saying Birkat HaMazon answers amen to his own bracha during the third bracha, Boneh Yerushalayim, as required by the text. Why is it that here we say amen to our ...
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Source for Rav Shach story (bentsching from a book from age 100)

In Torah Tidbits, issue 1372, Rabbi Shalom Rosner wrote, in part: When Rav Shach turned 100, he told his students that he was going to accept upon himself a new resolution. The students were ...
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Grace after meals - mentioning one parents/spouse if no longer alive

In the bensching (grace after meals/birkat hamazon) we have the following verse among the הרחמן's: הרחמן הוא יברך את אבי מורי בעל הבית הזה ואת אמי מורתי בעלת הבית הזה אותם ואת ביתם ואת זרעם ואת כל ...
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Does one bentch on an achila gasa?

After eating an excessive amount to a point that would be termed achila gasa which I will leave undefined, does a person have an obligation to recite grace after meals (or another bracha achrona as ...
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Sinning from Joy

Berachot 46 tells us that the guest blesses his host: "may no thought of sin, iniquity, or transgression stand before him or before us from now and for evermore". I remember seeing that this is ...
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Zimun over the phone [duplicate]

If one had a group call (perhaps with video) and during that call many participants had bread, could they make a zimun together? I know that you only need to be within earshot to answer for a zimun, ...
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Birchat hamazon: Thanking Gd for feeding all when there is hunger?

The first bracha of the birchat hamzaon says, in part, "Who nourishes the entire world" ... "He provides food for all flesh" ... "we have never lacked and we will never lack ...
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Would you say this phrase in bentsching while eating at a gentile’s house?

Someone ate their own kosher meal at a gentile’s house. Would they still say the following phrase? הָרַחֲמָן הוּא יִשְׁלַח לָנוּ בְּרָכָה מְרֻבָּה בַּבַּיִת הַזֶּה, וְעַל שֻׁלְחָן זֶה שֶׁאָכַלְנוּ ...
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Bracha Acharona after Hesech HaDaas

When eating a bread meal one makes the decision to end the meal, clears the table but then decides to continue eating. Question: Does this constitute Hesech HaDaas? And if so, when saying a bracha ...
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Why is the Mizbe'ach in Al Hamichya?

Why is the Mizbe'ach specifically mentioned in Me'en Shalosh blessing yet not particularly mentioned in benching which instead discusses the entirety of the Beis HaMikdash?
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Why does the request for sustenance go in the third section of Birkat HaMazon, with building Jerusalem?

Just realized -- the third segment of Birkat HaMazon looks like this: Hashem, please have mercy on Jerusalem and the Temple ... and rebuild Jerusalem speedily please. Fine. But in the middle of ...
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Forgot if said birkas hamazon [bentching]

I was thinking that you would have to say it, since it's sofek d'oraisah. But then you there is a sofek d'oraisah of bracha l'vatallah and we have a rule of sofek brochos l'kullah. Anyone have ...
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Where is Maharshal's commentary on birkat hamazon printed?

I read in an EJ article by Israel Ta-Shma on Maharshal: "Luria wrote a commentary to the Grace after Meals (Venice, 1603; Jerusalem, 1982)." So I understand that Maharshal wrote a commentary ...
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Bphi Kol Chai not Bphe

In SA Orach Chaim 187:1 in Mishnah Brurah Sif Beis, he writes that the phrase in Birchas Hamazon should be 'Bphi' kol chai and not 'Bphe'. Anyone have an idea why?
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Why no singular when referring to one parent in the birchat hamazon?

Near the end of the birchat hamazon there is wording for a sentence for eating at the table of one's parents. (See the left side of the quote below). That sentence refers to "them, their house, ...
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Why no singular in birchat hamazon for "ours and all that is ours"?

Near the end of the birchat hamazon there is alternate wording for the beginning of a sentence for eating at your own table, or that of another person, but the end of that sentence is always in the ...
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Can a husband and wife recite the Grace After Meals?

I was taught that Jews do Grace After Meals (birchas/birkat hamazon) and that it is only done if there are three or more men. But what if it’s just the husband and wife, in public or at home? Are we ...
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Meaning of komemiyyut (קוֹמְמִיּוּת)

The word "komemiyyut" (קוֹמְמִיּוּת) appears only once in the Torah: אֲנִ֞י יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶ֗ם אֲשֶׁ֨ר הוֹצֵ֤אתִי אֶתְכֶם֙ מֵאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרַ֔יִם מִֽהְיֹ֥ת לָהֶ֖ם עֲבָדִ֑ים וָאֶשְׁבֹּר֙ ...
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Ideas for discovering the history of benchers

I'm thinking of making a "bencher museum". I'd like to gather some ideas from our readership for this project. I have a selection of old benchers from the 60's as well as a larger assortment of more ...
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Is it permissible to say “Birshut Baalat HaBayit Hazeh” when saying the Rabotai Nevarech invitation?

Some people have a custom of adding “Birshut Baal Habayit hazeh” in the Zimun. Can the wife be included?
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(How) Should the wife of the ba'al habayit (homeowner) be mentioned in the call to recite grace after meals

As part of leading birkat hamazon (grace after meals) there is a custom for the leader to mention he has been given permission to lead by the male homeowner. I am wondering if there is any discussion ...
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Why is G-d mentioned in the feminine sometimes?

In one part of the Birkat Hamazon we say "veal hakol... anu modim lach umevarchim otach". This is only one small example, and there are many others, but why is God being adressed in the feminine "...
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Is there anything wrong with not eating bread to avoid reciting Birkat Hamazon?

Is there anything wrong with not eating bread during the weekdays to avoid reciting Birkat Hamazon?
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