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Do I need to wash and bentch on oatmeal?

No. There are three categories of grain-based products: "Bread." Always hamotzee. "Snacky, quasi-breadlike substances." (Pas haba beKisnin.) Mezonos, but if you eat them like a meal, then hamotzee. ...
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ORDER OF krias shma, benshing and the omer

The correct order to perform the Mitzvos would be: 1 - Krias Shema(which is most frequent) 2 - Birchas Hamazon 3 - Sefiras Haomer Many people are accustomed to recite Krias Shema ...
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Is it permissible to say “Birshut Baalat HaBayit Hazeh” when saying the Rabotai Nevarech invitation?

R' Shlomo Aviner was asked this question, and his response-- published on his website-- was that this WOULD be permissible for two reasons: 1) The wording isn't an essential part of benching הנוסח ...
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תהלת ה' ידבר פי - what's the origin?

In the book "Rite and Reason" the four verses are related to four blessings in bentching. "...And all flesh shall bless..." relates to "He gives bread to all flesh". "We shall bless God forever" ...
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Historic, variant wording for birkat hamazon for women?

This is pretty common in old* Siddurim. You can see omitting just ועל בריתך שחתמת בבשרינו on Hebrewbooks here here here here and here and on Hebrewmanuscripts.org manuscript #747. You can see omitting ...
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Why do we recite Zimmun after Al Naharos Bavel; Shir Hamaalos?

The answer to this question is that Shir Hamaalot/Al Naharot Bavel are not "prefacing passages" to Birkat Hamazon, but are actually supposed to be recited during the meal itself, prior to ...
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Refusing Reshut at Benching

The nussach comes from the original procedure of Zimun. The Ba'al HaBayit - if he so wishes - honors one of those present with Zimun - so that the latter reciprocates with the Birkat Ore'ach. To ...
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Is bentching with a minyan considered a davar shebikdusha?

The relevant Gemara here is on Megilla 23b. The Mishna there lists a number of things which require a Minyan. The Gemara explains that "all Devarim SheBikdusha" require a Minyan (based on some verses)....
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Historic, variant wording for birkat hamazon for women?

The Italian nusach Bnei Roma omits ועל בריתך שחסמת בבשרנו for women.
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Blessing on Grace After Meals

This is discussed in the Sefer ליקוטי שושנים on page 13. Essentially he answers: Since we bless Hashem during the Birkat Hamazon (Grace After Meals), there's no need to first bless Him before doing ...
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Bar mitzvah boy joining a zimun on the night of his bar mitzvah, having started the meal during the day

A similar question is when Rosh Chodesh is on Sunday, do we say "ya'aleh v'ya'vo" in bentching of Shalosh Seudos? There the answer (see Mishna Berura Siman 188 Sif Katan 33) is that it's a sofek (a ...
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Bircas Hamazon exempts al hagefen

It's Shulchan Arukh OC 272:10 ברכת יין של קידוש פוטרת יין שבתוך הסעודה ואינו טעון ברכה לאחריו דברכת המזון פוטרתו בין שהוא על הכוס בין שאינו על הכוס.‏ The blessing on wine for Kiddush exempts ...
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"HaRachaman hu yevarech es avi mori..." - Questions

In Sefer HaMinhagim for Chabad, it states: The words, avi mori baal habayis hazeh v'es imi morasi ba'alas habayis hazeh, are said by everyone, even by a guest or by one whose parents are no longer ...
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What is the intention behind "Shamayim" in the Zimun?

The BT (Ber. 55a) cites R. Yitzhak who stated that one should not be appointed over a community without having the community consulted with first. For precedent, he refers to a communication between ...
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if someone never eats bread during the week, only on Shabbos and he is not sure whether he said Retzai or not, does he repeat Birkhas Hamazon?

As I’ve alluded to previously in this forum, I’m highly allergic to gluten and therefore can only eat oat if I want to make a HaMotzi. As oat bread is absolutely nasty (and expensive), I only have it ...
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Chabad nusach for Birkat Hamazon

See page 30 of this pdf: http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/kitveyet/pardes/pardes19-s2.pdf Basically, he brings many different versions, and posits that at the time of the Alter Rebbe there was not yet a ...
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Does one bentch on an achila gasa?

Mishne Berurah 197:28 מי שהיה שבע קודם שאכל ואכל אכילה גסה שלא היה צריך לאותה אכילה אעפ"כ אם נהנה גרונו מאותה אכילה מברך עליו לפניו ולאחריו ומוציא אחרים ואם נפשו קצה עליו ואינו נהנה גרונו אינו ...
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Bentching in a different place than where you started eating

Orach Chaim 184:2 One can Bench in a new location so long as he ate there, and is still satisfied from the first eating.
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If meal continued into the night what do I say in benching

As far as I know the rule is: "If you eat kezais in kodesh you add special bench" Therefore, in all those cases you have to add Rtzei/Yaale Veyavo. After searching for sources Here is a booklet of ...
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mincha during a meal

The Maharam Chalawa in the 10th chapter of Pesachim discusses this. He says that even if it were coming down to the end of zman Mincha and you had to stop to daven, it would still not be a hefsek. ...
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Where does the tune for birkat hamazon come from?

Most of the tunes still used were written by Moshe Nathanson in 1938 (some say 1939) for Camp Ramah, a Conservative Jewish overnight camp. He published the sheet music in "Shirei Manginoth", and here ...
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What should i do with food stuck in my mouth after bentching?

This indeed often happens and is a difficult question that got me thinking since I saw it for the first time. I didn't find it covered in any classical halacha seforim so we need to go back to the ...
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Hatov vehametiv on a kos shel bracha?

Magen Avraham (175 sk 0) rules that the fourth blessing of the Bentching (that of HaTov VeHaMeitiv) exempts the new wine in the cup used for Bentching from another HaTov VeHaMeitiv. Mishna Berura (...
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What is the intention behind "Shamayim" in the Zimun?

Shamayim is acronym of "שומע ומשמיע יחד מכוונים" it means that we all paying attention to the bless
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Mac or PC computer file Bencher in Hebrew and English

Sefaria provides a free Hebrew and English text of benching here, following the most common Ashkenazic custom. It's not formatted for printing, but it can be copied and pasted into a custom document. ...
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Why does the request for sustenance go in the third section of Birkat HaMazon, with building Jerusalem?

The Talmud (Berakhot 49a) phrases your question the other way around. Why do we mention Jerusalem in a blessing about saving the Jewish people? Answer: Because the rebuilding of Jerusalem is tied (...
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Why is the Mizbe'ach in Al Hamichya?

R. David HaCohen Scali suggests in Kiryat Chana David vol. I, Orach Chaim 55 that plant-based offerings on the altar included only mezonot-items and wine, but not bread. Thus, specifically after ...
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How long do I have after a bread meal to bensch?

HALACHIPEDIA has part of its entry on Birkat HaMazon that deals with the question. The numbers refer to the references – please see the original especially ref 21. It's not the distraction that ...
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On what days do we say shir hamalos before birkat hamazon?

Regarding שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת: the Mishna Brerua 267:1 connects it to Tachanun, so that even on Erev Shabbat afer Mincha-time (1/2 hour afternoon) on already replaces עַל נַהֲרוֹת בָּבֶל with שִׁיר ...
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Saying ברכת המזון with על הנסים after praying ערבית following Purim

Mishne Brurah (695, 16) cites a dispute among Poskim as to whether one may recite Al Hanisim in bentching after davening Maariv after Purim (where he does not say Al Hanissim). To avoid the ...
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