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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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Bentching with wine on the table [duplicate]

If one is not benching on a Kos is it forbidden to do so if a bottle of wine is not removed from the table?
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"HaRachaman hu yevarech es avi mori..." - Questions

There is a part in the third bracha in bentching which goes like this: הרחמן הוא יברך את אבי מורי בעל הבית הזה ואת אמי מורתי בעלת הבית הזה אותם ואת ביתם ואת זרעם ואת כל אשר להם אותנו ואת כל אשר ...
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Why the double language of "all his creations that he created"

The first blessing of birkat hamazon concludes with the statement that God prepares sustenance for "all of his creations that he created". What is the explanation for this double, redundant sounding ...
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What is the minimum text of birkat hamazon one needs to say to be yotze?

Let's say you're in the army or something and need to bench quickly and be on your way. Is there a "havineinu" equivalent for benching (beyond just stopping after the fourth bracha) that you could use ...
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Ending stanza in Birkat HaMazon

In some Sephardic/Edut HaMizrach siddurim, there is a sentence as one concludes that one reads "ברוך הזן, ברוך שולחן, ברוך משה בן עמרם". Hebrew Wikipedia records it as the custom of the Kurdistan ...
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Does one need to get permission from ALL the Kohanim to recite Birkas HaMazon?

When eating a meal in the company of a Kohen, it is a mitzvah to have him lead the recitation of Birkas HaMazon (Shulchan Aruch OC 201:2; it is obligatory according to others (see Shulchan Aruch Harav ...
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Saying Bircat Hamazon after the end of Shabbat

good afternoon. In my question book for the giur I found the following question ... If you eat the third meal and the time for Shabbat has already passed, do you still say the additions of Shabbat to ...
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Can a woman lead davening/bentching in a family setting?

Can a woman lead davening or bentching (zimmun) if all the people present are her immediate family? Or is it assur? I understand that it would for sure be assur if the people were not her family. As ...
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Bircas Hamazon exempts al hagefen

When one makes kiddush friday night then has a meal afterwards, they don't make an al hagefen on the wine/grape juice that they drank by kiddush. This is because (from what I always heard/understood) ...
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Making an after bracha before leaving your place

Where does it say that if one (who is eating alone) wishes to leave in the middle of a seudah (even if they will return after some time -- however before the time that is allowed for them to make an ...
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Said al hamichya instead of birkas hamazon. What do I do?

If one had 'pas habah bekisnin' thinking that he needs to make a mezonos followed by al hamichya, and after doing so discovers that he should have washed, said hamotzi and then birkas hamazon, what ...
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ashkenazi style melodies to mizrachi birkat hamazon?

My wife has an Ashkenazi background and loved singing Birkat Hamazon at the shabbat table with a traditional western melody (similar to http://www.chabad.org/multimedia/media_cdo/aid/692733/jewish/...
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4 Pesukim between Shir Hama'alos (or Al Naharos Bovel) and Birkas Hamazon [duplicate]

In all Artscroll versions of Birkas Hamazon, you will find the 4 pesukim of Tehilas Hashem, Va'anachnu, Hodu laShem and Mi Y'maleil between Shir Hama'alos or Al Naharos Bovel and zimun. What is the ...
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Melech in Ya'aleh Viyovoh

In Ya'aleh Viyovoh the word Melech is included when we say any prayer, however in Birchat Hamozon in my siddur (Artscroll Ashkenaz) the word is bracketed and it says "On Rosh Hashana say Melech". Why ...
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Why repeat birkas hamazon after omitting "yaale v'yavo" on chol hamoed

Aruch Hashulchan, OC 188:18, cites a difference of opinion regarding the following case. On Shabas which is rosh chodesh, someone says the Shabas addition in birkas hamazon (grace after the meal) but ...
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Should one be sure to have a bread meal on Rosh Chodesh?

Is there a source for the idea of specially having a bread meal on Rosh Chodesh so that one can say the special insertion for Rosh Chodesh in the grace after meals? related: Rosh Chodesh at home
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In what sense will the world to come be a Shabbat?

In Birkat Hamazon, we (Ashkenazim...I haven't looked at other texts) add a line on Shabbat, "הַרָחֲמָן הוּא יַנְחִילֵנוּ יוֹם שֶׁכֻּלוֹ שַׁבָּת וּמְנוּחָה לְחַיֵּי הָעוֹלָמִים" which translates to "...
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Grace before maariv motzae Shabas?

I generally eat s'uda sh'lishis between mincha and maariv, and have been reciting birkas hamazon at night, after maariv. One who does so (and says havdala in the amida of maariv) does not recite the ...
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Bentching at a Melave Malka

Why do most Ashkenazim who wash for bread for the Melave Malka say Shir Hamaalot and Migdol (instead of Magdil) during Bentching at a Melave Malka Motzei Shabbos?
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Hatov vehametiv on a kos shel bracha?

Someone intends to bentsh on a kos, and a new wine is brought to the table at that time. For a person who generally recites HaTov v'HaMetiv, could they do so on the kos shel bracha, or does Birkas ...
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What does the Harachaman to replace Al Hanisim accomplish

If you forget to say Al Hanisim in bentching on Chanuka or Purim, you can add the הרחמן later to make up for it (Rama 682:1). You can also do the same thing in Shemoneh Esrei, provided that you ...
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Anti-Zionism in Bentching? [duplicate]

Recently at a Shabbos table I heard that the addition to shir hama'alot "Tehillat Hashem" (a compilation of four verses beginning with Psalms 145:21) was anti-zionistic and shouldn't be said. I heard ...
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Shortened version of birkat hammazon

Anecdotally, I've eaten with people before who have recited birkat hammazon to themselves quietly and who are either record-breaking speed speakers or who are using a shortened version. I suspect the ...
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Is there such a thing as פת מדינה?

In Bereishit, Hashem said to Adam בזעת אפך תאכל לחם This would seem to imply that bread is universal to all people. We also know that bread has a particular definition: it has to be made from one ...
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Birkat Hamazon: Chaverai vs Rabotai

When chanting Birkat Hamazon, I always thought it started Chaverai n'varech, but I have recently attended a Conservadox Bar Mitzvah, where they used Rabotai n'varech. Here are some images; I found the ...
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Does birkat hamazon cover dessert (and other items requiring a separate bracha rishona during the meal)?

During a bread-based meal, but before bentching (i.e. reciting birkat hamazon), I eat something (e.g. fruit, dessert, etc.) that traditionally requires a separate bracha rishona. Must I say a ...
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Why does Sukkot have an individualized Harachaman insert in Bentching, but not Pesach or Shavuot?

We have הרחמן הוא יקים לנו את סוכת דוד הנופלת for Sukkot. But for Pesach and Shavuot, there's one generic הרחמן הוא ינחילנו את יום שכולו טוב. Why?
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Standing at elokeinu in zimmun [duplicate]

Whenever I am in a situation of saying ברכת המזון with 10 people, some of the ציבור will stand for saying the word אלקנו in the זימון, others will not move at all, with lots of people somewhere in ...
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Can you abandon a personal chumra if it was based on a misunderstanding of the mitzvah?

If you established a neder and/or chazaka to do some mitzvah a certain way (i.e., by doing it that way three times in a row), but this was based on a misunderstanding--such as thinking the chumra was ...
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Nussach of Retse in Birkat Hamazon

I see in all sidurim in nussach of retse (BHMZ of Shabbat) "לשבת בו ולנוח בו". But recently some books changed the nussach to "לשבות בו ולנוח בו" So far I believed that the kamats ...
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Halachic definition of "full" (sated)

I was reading this: After the fact (if one ate between 8 Kezayitim and a definite meal), if one is not full make Al HaMichya and if one is full make Birkat HaMazon, yet, in such a case it’s ...
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differences of phrasing in Al hanisim: Chanuka vs. Purim

We add paragraphs to the liturgy of Chanuka and Purim, recounting the respective miracles that those holidays commemorate. We start the paragraphs as follows. Chanuka's starts: In the days of ...
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Blessing after bread when eating alone

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 ...
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Excluding water from blessing after food

One common scenario is for someone to make a berakha on water at some point in the morning and to drink the water throughout the day. Suppose during the day, the person decides to have a snack whose ...
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Saying Ritzei after Shekiyah

HoRav Yisroel Belsky Shlit"a (see Mishna Berurah 299:1) permits one to eat סעודת שלישית until 20 minutes after Shekiyah. Would someone still be able to say רצה if he started eating after Shkekiyah or ...
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Are there any running commentaries on grace after meals?

I would like to know if there are any authors from the period of the rishonim or earlier who have compiled a running commentary on birkat hamazon.
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Saying Birkas Hamazon after leaving your house

If one leaves his house to daven Ma'ariv before he Bentched (Birkas Hamazon) and then comes back home , may he Bentch then
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Two groups split into 2 cars and eat bread while travelling. What type of zimun do they make after rejoining?

This article delves into some details on what constitutes "eating together" for the requirement of zimun. I see that there is a dispute regarding what happens when some people leave in the middle or ...
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Correct voweling of Birkat Hamazon

Most of my Hebrew knowledge comes from Biblical Hebrew, and when i read most Ashkenazi siddurim i'm usually on board with how they decide to vowelize things. However, being Sephardic, and wanting an ...
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Bar mitzvah boy joining a zimun on the night of his bar mitzvah, having started the meal during the day

(This question could probably be made better if someone answers What time does a bar mitzvah come into effect?, but for now i'll just use the earlier or later time, as applicable.) Let's say a boy's ...
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Reason for "Oseh Shalom" in 3 places [duplicate]

The phrase starting with the words עושה שלום במרומיו ("He who makes peace in his high places") is said in 3 places and always at the end (or very near it): Birkat Hamazon Kaddish Shmoneh Esreh What ...
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Why is Birkat Hamazon said after eating just a small piece of bread?

Berachos 21a: Whence is it that Grace after meals is ordained by the Torah? As it is said, "And thou shalt eat and be satisfied and bless the Lord thy God" (Deut. viii. 10). The verse ...
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Blessing on Grace After Meals

Why is a birkat mitsvah not recited upon performing the mitsvah of the recitation of birkat hamazon? This would perhaps be akin to the blessing upon Bitkat Kohanim as noted by @danno.
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Can a shiur Torah prolong the 72 minute wait to bentch?

After completing a meal a person has 72 minutes (according to some opinions) to bentch. Once this time has passed he lost his opportunity. Say that during a meal the rav gives a shiur or you're in ...
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Eating after shir hamalos

Is one allowed to continue eating after saying shir hamalos? For example, someone didn't know that desert was being served, so after he says shir hamalos, wants to eat the desert. What steps would he ...
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Can non-bread combine with bread towards making one satisfied for bentching?

According to the halachic sources one may bentch once a kezayis of bread has been eaten within 3,4 or 9 minutes. Source: Time Limit (min) – How much time does one have to consume the kazayis ...
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"Praiseworthy is he who will clutch and dash your infants against the rock"?

I do not understand the last lines of psalm 137 ("By the rivers of Babylon"/"Al naharos bovel," the psalm recited before Birkat Ha-Mazon on weekdays. [It includes the famous lines &...
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Birkat haMazon (Grace after Meals) during Sukkot outside the sukkah

Since during Sukkot holiday one can have a meal with bread only in sukkah (i.e., only the sukkah space could be the one that will require you to say birkat hamazon, to be kovea seudah), if one ate in ...
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Saying ברכת המזון with על הנסים after praying ערבית following Purim

The סעודה I was partaking in on Purim day continued well into the evening of the next day (Shushan Purim here in the US). Teffilah with a minyan was only available immediately after צאת הכוכבים, so a ...
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On what days do we say shir hamalos before birkat hamazon?

Concerning saying shir hamalos before birkat hamazon, I have seen three different instructions in various bentchers: On days when we say musaf One days we do not say tachanun When we are celebrating ...