Saying Jewish Blessings for the Food
Judaism teaches us that saying blessings in many activities that we do are very important. Doing this is especially important when we are about to eat. “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” (Psalms 24:1). “a man should taste nothing before he utters a blessing,” (Tosafot to Brachot 4:1). It is therefore important to acknowledge and thank GOD for blessing us with the food that we eat.
- Different blessings are said for different food groups before and after consumption. It is important to determine first which category your food belongs. (bread, mezonot or food made from grain but is not considered bread, wine, fruits, vegetables, shehakol or foods that do not belong to the other food groups mentioned).
- Start your blessing with “Baruch Atah Adonai Eluhenu Melech ha olam..” which means “Blessed are You, Lord, Our God, ruler of the universe.
- Here’s the blessing on bread: Baruch atah Adnonai Elohenu Melech Ha olam, asher kideshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu al netilat yadayim.
- Here’s the blessing on Mezonot: Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha olam, borei minei mezonot.
- Here’s the blessing for the wine: Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha olam borei pri hagafen.
- Here’s the blessing for the fruits: Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha olan borei pri ha-aitz.
- Here’s the blessing for the vegetables: Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha olam borei pri ha-adamah.
- Here’s the blessing on Shehakol: Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha olam shehakol nihiyah bed’varo.
- Don’t forget to say the Grace After Meals after eating.
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