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Before putting anything in our mouths, we pause for a moment, recite a few words to ourselves, and only then proceed with our eating. We have transformed the most prosaic of acts into something holy...

Blessings for Food & Other Occasions

Blessings for Food & Other Occasions

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Few activities are as instinctive as eating: it is a basic bodily need, requires no thought or advance preparation, and is, largely, for us today, readily available. And yet the Torah demands from us that before putting anything in our mouths, or otherwise taking pleasure from G-d's world, we pause for a moment, recite a few words to ourselves, and only then proceed to enjoy. And with these words, this simple blessing, we have transformed the most prosaic of acts into something holy.

How? By acknowledging G-d as the source of all sustenance, recognizing that the earth and its bounties belong to Him, and expressing our gratitude to Him for providing it for us. All this with the words: "Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe..."

Basic Blessings on Food Guide
The Brachot
A step-by-step guide to the blessings recited on the various food groups. Includes Hebrew, English and transliterated texts
Brachot Handbook
An in-depth exploration of the laws associated with the recitation of blessings
Blessings for Various Occasions
Whenever we benefit from G-d's bounty, we verbalize our thanks. From witnessing natural phenomena, to personal milestones, there is a blessing for every occasion.
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