Êuê Culture

Êuê Culture: Blessings Before Consuming Food and Drink

Shalom everyone! The following are berakhot (blessings) that are traditionally recited prior to the consumption of food and drink. Though these specific blessings are a post-exilic tradition, it is a good to thank YAH for blessing us with food and drink to sustain us, remembering that He is our provider. All creation belongs to YAH and exists because of YAH. Man owns nothing and can do nothing on his own. Please note that blessings should only be recited over food and drink permitted for consumption according to the Torah. It is forbidden to recite blessings over items the Torah forbids us to consume. This blog will cover permitted and forbidden food and drink in a later post.

Prior to consuming a meal with more than one type of food (combined foods), the following is the general order in which these blessings should be recited, except on Shabbat and Yom Tov, when the blessing over wine takes precedence:

  1. Hamotzi – on bread
  2. Mezonot – on cakes, crackers
  3. Hagefen – on wine
  4. Ha’etz – on fruits
  5. Ha’adama – on vegetables
  6. Shehakol – on all other foods, on drinks etc.

Blessings Over Food

Food
Netilat Yadayim (Ritual Washing of Hands) – prior to eating a meal with bread “Blessed are You YAH our G-d King of the universe Who has sanctified us with his commandments and commanded us on the washing of the hands.”
HaMotzi (Bread) – for bread made from one or all of wheat, barley, rye, oats, and spelt. “Blessed are You, YAH our G-d, King of the Universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth.”
Mezonot (Grains) – Food made from grains but are not bread, such as, crackers, cookies, cereals, cakes, pastries, pasta and other cooked grain products “Blessed are you YAH our G-d, King of the Universe, Who creates various kinds of sustenance.”
HaGefen (Wine or Grape Juice) “Blessed are You, YAH our G-d, King of the universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine.”
Ha’etz (Fruits) – Under Jewish law, a fruit is defined as something which grows from perennial trees, does not renew its stem, and does not grow closely to the ground. Examples include apples, pears, grapes, nuts (except peanuts). “Blessed are You, YAH our G-d, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the tree.”
Ha’adama (Vegetables or Ground Provisions) “Blessed are You, YAH our G-d, King of the universe, Who creates the fruit of the ground.”
Shehakol (Everything else) – All foods which do not fall into any of the above categories including water and other drinks (except wine/grape juice), soups, animal products (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy), candy, etc. “Blessed are You, YAH our G-d, King of the universe, by Whose word everything comes into being.”

Sources:

Advertisements

Categories: Êuê Culture, Blessings

Tagged as: , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s