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Texts of Blessings Before Eating

Texts of Blessings Before Eating


Before partaking of any food, a brachah rishonah (preceding blessing), is said. There are six different blessings, each beginnning with the same words, BA-RUCH A-TAH A-DO-NOI ELO-HAI-NU ME-LECH HA-O-LAM, Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the Universe, and concluding with a few words related to the type of food eaten. Following are the food groups with examples for each group and a transliteration and translation of the Hebrew blessing for each.

1. Hamotzi: The Blessing on Bread

On bread, bagels, challah, matzah, pita and rolls made from any of these five grains: wheat, barley, rye, oat or spelt1:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְ‑יָ אֱ‑לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם הַמּוֹצִיא לֶחֶם מִן הָאָרֶץ:

Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the
Universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth.

Read: Hamotzi, the Blessing on Bread.

2. Mezonot: The Blessing on the Five Grains

On cakes, cereals, cookies, cupcakes, doughnuts, and pasta - if made of one or more of the five grains listed under the first blessing:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְ‑יָ אֱ‑לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא מִינֵי מְזוֹנוֹת

Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the
Universe, Who creates various kinds of sustenance.

Read: Mezonot, the Blessing on Grains.

3. Hagafen: The Blessing on Wine & Grape Juice

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְ‑יָ אֱ‑לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָּפֶן

Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the
Universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine.

Read: Borei Pri Hagafen, the Blessing on Wine and Grape Juice.

4. Ha'etz: The Blessing on Fruits

For all fruits from permanent trees, such as apples, oranges, and peaches, even if these fruits are dried; also grapes, raisins, and all nuts (except peanuts, which are a legume):

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְ‑יָ אֱ‑לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָעֵץ

Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the
Universe, Who creates the fruit of the tree.

Read: Borei Pri Ha'etz, the Blessing on Fruits.

5. Ha'adamah: The Blessing on Vegetables

For all vegetables and greens from the ground, peanuts, legumes, and some fruits such as bananas, melons, and pineapples:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְ‑יָ אֱ‑לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה:

Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the
Universe, Who creates the fruit of the earth.

Read: Borei Pri Ha'Adamah, the Blessing on Vegetables.

6. Shehakol: The Blessing on All Other Foods

For candy, dairy, eggs, fish, liquids, meat, mushrooms and everything else not included in the first five blessings above:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְ‑יָ אֱ‑לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁהַכֹּל נִהְיָה בִּדְבָרוֹ:

Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the
Universe, by Whose word all things came to be.

Read: Shehakol, the Blessing on All Other Foods.

NOTE: The above blessings apply to foods in their basic form; however, the blessings may vary when the form is changed through processing, or when foods are combined. See Combined Foods

Many of these foods, especially bagels, pita and rolls, may require a blessing of mezonot. When the proportion of combined liquids (including eggs, oil, margarine, juice, honey, etc.) is greater than the amount of water, the blessing mezonot is said.
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Anonymous Oregon November 15, 2017

If we do not say hamotsi, we say any of the other ones, is there a bracha after we eat that we must say or no? Reply

Anonymous San Antonio August 11, 2017

What is the bracha on water though? Reply

Chana Benjaminson August 27, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

The bracha on water is Shehakol, the last bracha listed above. Reply

aaron San Antonio September 5, 2017
in response to Chana Benjaminson:

Toda. I don't know how i missed it. Reply

Malkie Janowski for November 10, 2015

Strawberries are borei pri ha'adama Reply

לאונורה bet-dagan October 31, 2015

May I ask what bracha in strawberry? Is it is borai pri haadamah? Reply

Anonymous May 9, 2014

Carl: I'm allergic to oats too.

Shaul: Thank you for that feedback; I appreciate that. Reply

Shaul Wolf May 8, 2014

Re: What about if you're allergic? The best option is to drink another glass of wine after making Kiddush. The extra wine can constitute a meal, and be in place of the bread. Reply

Carl Faulkner Madison May 8, 2014

Have you looked into gluten-free oats? Reply

Anonymous May 7, 2014

What about if you're allergic? I'm allergic to all five of the hamotzi grains. What do I do on Shabbat when I have to have gluten-free and grain-free bread instead? Reply

Anonymous Allentown, PA December 27, 2011

Hebrew Could you please provide the Hebrew writings for each blessing as well as what is already there? Reply

Rabbi Menachem Posner for January 4, 2011

Kiddush/blessing order... You are correct; if it was simply a matter of reciting blessings over foods, we would indeed first make the blessing on the bread and then the wine.

However, the Torah commands us, "Remember the Shabbat day to keep it holy." We fulfill this commandment by verbally declaring Shabbat's holiness when it starts – the Friday night kiddush – and as it departs—the havdalah. The sages instituted that we recite this sanctification over a cup of wine.

Because kiddush's objective is to sanctify Shabbat as it enters, we recite it as near as possible to Shabbat's beginning, before partaking of the bread, or challah, which serves as the beginning of the Shabbat meal. Furthermore, by first sanctifying the Shabbat and then breaking bread we are indicating that the entire meal is an extension of the kiddush—that the intention of the sumptuous meal is only to confer honor on the holy Shabbat.

(During the rest of the week, however, we start our meals with bread – even if wine will be drunk during the course of the meal – because bread is "the staff of life," the centerpiece of the human diet.)

Now, the fact that it is generally not proper to have wine before bread is actually one of the reasons why we cover the bread when reciting the blessing on the wine, as you can read here.

Please let me know if this helps. Reply

Anonymous Blacksburg, VA December 31, 2010

Kiddush/blessing order... So according to this, we say breads first, then wine. So why on shabbat do we do kiddush over wine first and THEN hand-washing/ha'motzi? Reply

Anonymous HMLTN, BDA March 17, 2010

Thank You!!! My Batmitvah is coming up and at lunch in my school I'm trying to say the prayers over my food before snack and lunch. So it was a big help for you to post this.
Thanks!!! :) :) :) :). Reply

Eliezer Posner, October 5, 2008

RE: silence before eating We do not interrupt between reciting a blessing and the execution of the act upon which we're making the blessing. Thus, after you recite the blessing over food, you should not speak until you have swallowed the food. If you're hearing the blessing from someone else, you must not speak from when that person begins to recite the blessing until you swallow the food.

But what if you goofed?
If before putting the food in your mouth you spoke about something not relevant to the food, then you must recite a new blessing. If you spoke while chewing the food, you should not make a new blessing. (Seder Birchat Hanehenin 9:1)

Concerning washing our hands before eating bread:
You should not speak from when you begin washing your hands until after you swallow some bread. Many people believe that one may talk until one recites the blessing for washing one's hands. This is an erroneous conception. (See Shulchan Aruch Harav 165:1.) Reply

Yvette Goorevitch New Rochelle, ny October 1, 2008

Silence before eating Shalom,
Please explain the custom of remaining silent at the table during the blessings and until the first swallow of food. When does the silence begin and when does it end? Reply

Pam Frischer Indio, CA/USA via March 10, 2008

Blessings before Eating I have practiced these blessings when I attend a Chabad Synagoguue, it is nice to print a list out and place it in my kitchen. Thnak you for posting this as well as all the thousands of other wonderful materials, that your organization offers!!! Reply

Calvin White Harvey, Louisiana March 4, 2008

American Blessing Of Food I am looking for a Grace to say before each meal. American way.
Thanks very much! Reply

Valarie Kingston Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada November 30, 2007

Blessings on Food-Before and After Consumption Shalom!!!
Thank you so much for this site and contents.
This has been extremely helpful.
I have just discovered my Hebrew heritage, and had always thought instinctivly that each food group should be blessed before eating but was never sure of how.I can now give the proper blessings both in English & Hebrew.
again, many thanks. You have no idea what a blessing this site is for me!!
Happy Chanukah
Shalom Reply

Kayo Tokyo, Japan January 1, 2007

Blessing over food and Grace after meal It is easy to understand and makes easier to practice mitzvot. Thank you for your effort. Reply

Anonymous Lewistown, MT September 5, 2005

Blessings on various foods This was very helpful to me. Thank you. Reply

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