The Auschwitz Album: Visual Evidence of the Process Leading to the Mass MurderThe last few classes have discussed which bracha achrona to say for different foods. (A prayer book that contains the text of Grace After Meals is often called a bentcher. Let's do a quick review: Once it's clear that you have satisfied this requirement, you now need to work out which particular bracha achrona to say.
This is called Birkat Hamazon (Hebrew for the food blessing ), and is commonly referred to as bentching which means blessing in Yiddish.
In this class, we'll learn that if your meal included bread, then (assuming you ate a kezayit quickly enough) you are obligated to say Grace After Meals.
It is comprised of four brachot: 7Additionally, we should recite one chapter of Psalms before beginning Birkat Hamazon: 6
The Auschwitz Album: Visual Evidence of the Process Leading to the Mass MurderGuidelines for the Three-Faceted Blessing, and the miscellaneous after-bracha.
6Birkat Hamazon is longer and more encompassing than a regular bracha achrona.
)Birkat Hamazon is the consummate bracha achrona, because while most of the food blessings were instituted by the Sages, Birkat Hamazon is a Torah-level obligation, based on Deuteronomy 8: 65: You shall eat, and be satisfied, and bless.
We established that to be obligated in a bracha achrona, you need to have consumed enough volume within a proper period of time.
The Three-Faceted Blessing ( Bracha M'ain Shalosh ) so called because it resembles the first three blessings of Birkat Hamazon is said if you ate a minimum quantity of either:
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In the last class, we began learning the rules of bracha achrona, the blessing said after consuming various foods and drinks.