The Ha-motzi Blessing - Acknowledging God As Our Provider

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Ha-motzi is a blessing said before eating bread. It is one of the most said blessings and is usually recited on Shabbat and other Jewish holidays. Here’s how to say the blessing for the challah:

  • Everyone present must wash their hand for the bread. The head of the household will make the blessing for everybody.
  • The challah must be covered both on top and below. The head of the household picks up the two challahs. You can leave the challah covered at this point.
  • The leader says the blessing. Raise the challah everytime the name of God (Adonai) is said. This is done to emphasize our appreciation of the abundance that only God can provide.

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, ha-motzi lechem min ha-aretz.  (Blessed are you God, King of the Universe, who       brings forth bread from earth.)

  • Slice the challah with a knife.
  • Starting from the person who recited the blessing, take a piece of the sliced bread, dip it into salt and take a bite.
  • Dip the remaining pieces of bread into the salt and pass it around.
  • No one should speak until the bread is eaten.
  • Each person present should eat a portion of the bread before saying the Grace After Meals.

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