How to Say Birkat Hamazon

Birkat Hamazon or bentching (Grace After Meal) is a set of Hebrew blessings recited after ordinary meals and chanted aloud on special occasions like Shabbat and Jewish festivals. Grace After Meals is a prayer expressing our appreciation to God for providing us our needs.

  • During Shabbat and Yom Tov, start by singing the Shir Ha-ma’alot before saying the bentching.
  • Before saying Grace After Meals, clean your fingertips (Mayim Acharonim). Fill a cup with water.
  • Pass this around. Each person should pour a little amount of water from the cup into a bowl.
  • Remove the cup and bowl from the table after everyone has washed their fingertips.
  • Recite the blessings.

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